Abortion Risks

There are various risks associated with any minor surgical procedure, including abortion. Minor complications resulting specifically from an abortion can usually be remedied by early diagnosis and treatment of the problem. Such complications occur less than one percent of the time and most commonly include, but are not limited to, perforation of the uterus, infection, excessive bleeding, incomplete or failed abortion, allergic reactions to medications, or hysterectomy. The risk of permanent damage to the reproductive organs or death resulting from an abortion is about one incidence in 150,000. (The risk of death from childbirth is 13 in 100,000)

With a non-surgical abortion, approximately 1 out of 100 women will experience bleeding so heavy that it requires a surgical procedure to stop it. Studies show this treatment is effective for 92%-95% of women who use it.