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, human beings.” To Misleading… “Abortion and population control have taken a devastating toll on the African American and Hispanic communities.” To Lies of “Junk Science”… “Induced abortion of a normal pregnancy results in increased risk of breast cancer for the mother.”
Facts about abortion That are actually useful to our community
About half of American women have experienced an unintended pregnancy, and at current rates more than one-third (35%) will have had an abortion by age 45.1 60% of women having abortions already have children.2 Nine in 10 abortions occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.3 “In truth…abortion rates among racial and ethnic minorities—especially blacks and Hispanics—are directly linked to their higher rates of unintended pregnancy, which in turn reflect pervasive health disparities more generally.”4 The National Cancer Institute (2003), American Cancer Society (2008), and the Journal of the American Medical Association (2003) have all published conclusions stating that “having an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer,” (National Cancer Institute, 2003).5 An August 2008 report by the APA Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion, the most current and authoritative review of its kind, concludes that “the best scientific evidence indicates that the relative risk of mental health problems among adult women who have an unplanned pregnancy is no greater if they have an elective first-trimester abortion than if they did deliver the pregnancy.”6 The “post-abortion traumatic stress syndrome” that abortion foes claim is widespread is not recognized by either the APA or the American Psychiatric Association.7 In a recent study by the World Health Organization, “of the approximately 600,000 pregnancy-related deaths occurring annually around the world, 80,000 [or 13%] are associated with unsafe abortions.” 8
Guttmacher Institute, “An Overview of Abortion in the United States,” http://www.guttmacher.org/media/presskits/2005/06/28/abortionoverview.html. Hereafter cited without the web address. 2 Guttmacher Institute, “Trends in the Characteristics of Women Obtaining Abortions,” http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/2008/09/18/Report_Trends_Women_Obtaining_Abortions.pdf 3 Guttmacher Institute, “An Overview of Abortion in the United States.” 4 Directly quoted from the Guttmacher Institute, “NEWS IN CONTEXT: New Health Disparities Report: More Context for Higher Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion Rates Among Women of Color.” http://www.guttmacher.org/media/inthenews/2009/06/11/index.html 5 National Cancer Institute, “Abortion, Miscarriage, and Breast Cancer Risk,” http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/abortion-miscarriage 6 Directly quoted from the Guttmacher Institute, “Guttmacher Advisory, October 2008: Abortion and Mental Health.” http://www.guttmacher.org/media/evidencecheck/2008/10/08/Advisory_Abortion_Mental_Health_2008.pdf. 7 Directly quoted from the Guttmacher Institute, “Guttmacher Advisory, October 2008: Abortion and Mental Health.” 8 Statistic found in the Freedom of Choice bill proposed in 2007 in the Senate (110 th Congress). http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c110:S.1173:.