The Physical And Spiritual Effects Of Abortion

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An prize winning essay detailing the many negative physical and emotional effects of abortion on the mother, by Alyssa Endres.
Abortion is the knowing destruction of the life of an unborn child. But this is only part of the story as abortion also hurts the woman involved. Abortion affects women physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
When an abortion is performed on a woman, she becomes subject to many physical complications. Blood loss during the procedure causes diversion of blood flow to various organs and can result in shock. When the canal of the cervix is dilated, the insides of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and the abdominal cavity are exposed to invasion by bacteria. Abdominal infection can cause peritonitis and abscess formation. Severe hemorrhage often follows an Medical and Social Health Benefits
Since Abortion Was Made Legal in the U.S.
Despite the claims of anti-choice ideologues, many demonstrable health benefits — physical, emotional, and social — have accrued to Americans since
1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in its decision, Roe v. Wade.
The most important benefit was the end of an era that supported the proliferation of “back alley butchers” who were motivated by money alone and performed unsafe, medically incompetent abortions that left many women dead or injured. Today, as the 37 th anniversary of this landmark decision approaches, it is important to remember how far Roe has brought us as a society and to note some of the many benefits that resulted from the legalization of abortion.from 200,000 to 1.2 million (Cates et al.,
Roe v. Wade did not “invent” abortion.
· Estimates of the annual number of illegal abortions in the 1950s and 1960s range

2003; Rock & Jones, 2003; Tietze &
Henshaw, 1986).
· In 1969, one year before New York State legalized abortion, complications from illegal abortions accounted for 23 percent of all pregnancy-related admissions to municipal hospitals in New York City

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