Other Risks of Abortion
Abortion and Breast Cancer
Medical experts are still researching and debating the linkage between abortion and breast cancer. However, here are some important facts you need to know:
- Carrying a pregnancy to full term gives protection against breast cancer that cannot be gained if abortion is chosen.
- Abortion causes a sudden drop in estrogen levels that may make breast cells more prone to cancer.
There are some studies that point to a possible link between abortion and the risk of developing breast cancer but none of them are conclusive or have proven that there is absolutely any link between the two.
According to the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer (www.abortionbreastcancer.com), as of 2006, eight medical organizations recognize that abortion raises a woman’s risk for breast cancer. A 1994 study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that “Among women who had been pregnant at least once, the risk of breast cancer in those who had experienced an induced abortion was 50% higher than among other women.”
Possible Effect on Future Pregnancy
Ectopic Pregnancy—There is evidence that abortion increases the risk of ectopic pregnancies (the implantation and subsequent development of a fertilized egg outside the uterus, as in a fallopian tube). About one in every 200 pregnancies is ectopic, and most are discovered in the first few months. This type of pregnancy is life-threatening to the mother.
Scarring or other injury during an abortion may prevent or place at risk future wanted pregnancies. The risk of miscarriage is greater for women who abort their first pregnancy as well.
At least 127 peer-reviewed studies have reported a link between abortion and premature delivery. These studies show that post-abortive women can have twice the risk of premature delivery in subsequent pregnancies, and that the risk increases with more induced abortions.1