- 31% of women having abortions report suffering physical health complications.
- 10% of women having abortions suffer immediate, potentially life-threatening complications.
- Women have a 65% higher risk of clinical depression following abortion vs. childbirth.
- 65% of women suffer symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after abortion.
- Women’s death rates from various causes after abortion are 3.5 times higher than after giving birth.
- Many women describe their experience as ‘a nightmare’; 60% of women surveyed after abortion responded that ’part of me died’.
- Suicide rates among women who have abortions are six times higher than those who give birth.
- Abortion increases a woman’s risk of future miscarriages by 60%.
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