"Safe, legal, and rare."
This mantra is perseverated by the pro-choice crowd, who argue that the act of abortion is conducive, or even essential, to female autonomy. The legitimacy of this phrase is being challenged by studies reporting that abortion may be a physically and psychologically unsafe procedure for the women getting it. The news garnered from these analyses isn't assuring.
Women who've had an abortion are found to have an elevated risk for mental illnesses and maladies such as bipolar disorder, PTSD, panic attacks, and depression.
The Human Family Research Center describes the complication rate of early abortions as less than 10%. By the second trimester, this risk more than quintuples. In other words, the later the abortion occurs, the more dangerous it is for the mother's health. This website also notes a study in which 37.5% of women who had second trimester abortions felt severe "post-abortion emotional problems."
As of 2003, only one meta-analysis has been done on the connection between abortions and breast cancer. Using the Gail model, evidence from this examination shows that women who end their first pregnancy via abortion potentially double their lifetime risk of breast carcinoma.
The risk of preterm birth in subsequent pregnancies increases after a woman's first pregnancy ends due to an induced abortion.
More research must be done on this topic to come to a decisive conclusion. However, collected data suggests that there are no health benefits to the procedure, while negative physical and psychological risks are stacking up. Pro-choice advocates decry the supposed "war on women," but ignore the ever-developing evidence that termination is a true hinderance to female health. The procedure that many women believe frees them actually targets their health and hinders their livelihood.