The characteristics of women who sought abortions after 20 weeks were generally similar to those who received first-trimester procedures. When compared to women obtaining earlier abortions, women who obtain late-term abortions are more likely to experience stronger attachment to the fetus, have more moral or religious objections to abortion, and concede to an abortion based on the wishes of others [ 1516 ].
Table 2 provides data regarding the percentage of study respondents from the early and late abortion groups who indicated agreement with various parameters surrounding the abortion decision.
Therefore, the high numbers meeting the symptom criteria for PTSD evidenced in this investigation should be viewed cautiously and future studies should incorporate more comprehensive assessments of PTSD symptoms, ideally using clinician administered diagnostic tools.
Furthermore, since women who have more than one abortion are at a significantly increased risk of suffering physical and psychological sequelae, these heightened risks should be thoroughly discussed with women seeking abortions.
Complications of late-term abortions vary from one individual to another. The first two of these items are Intrusion subscale symptoms and the last is a symptom from the Hyperarousal subscale. However, if the uterus tears or punctures during the procedure there is a risk of hemorrhaging.
Despite the many dangers of late term abortions many women still use this method for dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.
Percentage of respondents from the early and late abortion groups meeting PTSD subscale and full scale criteria. This can lead to abnormal, absent or painful menstrual cycles, future miscarriages and infertility.
In addition, some research suggests a possible link between abortion and an increased risk of the following in future pregnancies: However, the exact point when a pregnancy becomes late-term is not clearly defined.
At the time this was written there were known peer-reviewed studies demonstrating the link between abortion and preterm birth. With any serious maternal health problem, termination of pregnancy can be accomplished by inducing labor or performing a cesarean section, saving both mother and baby.
Since 2nd and 3rd trimester abortion are less common than 1st trimester abortions and women may be more reticent about acknowledging such abortions due to stronger social prohibitions against later terminations, web-based data collection was deemed a useful method in that it affords a high level of anonymity.
Although no previous studies have been published comparing the mental health of women undergoing early and late term abortions, the evidence reviewed above is sufficient to hypothesize that abortions occurring across the 2nd trimester and into the 3rd trimester would be associated with higher levels of PTSD symptomatology than 1st trimester abortions.
However, the above study, despite its limitations, suggests otherwise. Physicians For Life reports that RU, also known as the abortion pill and mifepristone, has shown a significant amount of deaths as a result of bleeding and infection.
For example, developmental changes including both normative and nonnormative life events could have been quite stressful and added to the salience of the abortion e. According to a study produced by Planned Parenthood, Prompted by the deaths that occurred after medical abortion and internal data that show a higher-than-expected rate of serious infection, [Planned Parenthood Federation of America] changed its medical abortion protocol at the end of March Logically, women who are unsure about how to proceed with an unplanned pregnancy are more likely to put off the decision to abort, perhaps hoping that their circumstances will improve and enable them to carry to term.
The answers from both groups suggest that women share similar reasons for delaying abortion regardless of the gestational age at which they have the procedure. As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynecology, we affirm that direct abortion — the purposeful destruction of the unborn child — is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.
She was told that chemotherapy offered her the best chance for survival, that she needed to abort her pregnancy prior to treatment, and that her prognosis was worse if she remained pregnant. It is undisputed that the later in pregnancy an abortion occurs, the riskier it is and the greater the chance for significant complications.
We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women. Relief from intrusive memories whether in the form of flashbacks or disturbing dreams may only occur if the individual learns to effectively integrate memories of the traumatic experience with other aspects of her past as well as with contemporary experiences and emotions [ 51 ].
These problems may include one or more of the following: A series of logistic regressions were computed to assess the extent to which a late-term abortion was associated with an increased risk of having met the DSM-IV criteria for the Intrusion, Avoidance, and Hyperarousal subscale scores and for PTSD generally.Summary of Known Health-Risks of Abortion.
For more information seeAUL Talking Points on Health Risks to Women from Late-Term Abortion available Priscilla K. Coleman, Abortion and Mental Health: Quantitative Synthesis and Analysis of Research Published – Abortion Risks | Abortion Complications | Abortion Dangers | Abortion Side Effects.
Posted on December 19, late term abortion; being an adolescent (not an adult) having a non-elective (therapeutic or coerced) abortion Clinical experience has demonstrated that the women least likely to cooperate in post-abortion research are those for. Late-term Abortion: Antecedent Conditions and Consequences to Women’s Health.
What are the documented physical health risks of late-term abortion? According to Gaufberg , Professor of Medicine at Harvard University, post-abortion Nevertheless all the published research to date, as described. Feb 11, · New research, which takes into account the full reproductive histories of the women involved, illustrates that, compared to women who delivered their babies, women who had an early- or late-term abortion have significantly higher mortality rates within one to ten years of the event.
The National Academies report also dismisses the abortion–breast cancer link, even though academic studies dating back to the s show that abortion, particularly late-term, increases the risk. *To view as PDF: On Point – The Reality of Late-Term Abortion Procedures.
Introduction. Of interest to the medical, moral, sociological, and political issues surrounding late-term abortion is the question of why women seek abortion after 20 weeks gestation. Any data considered to answer this question must be examined carefully for limitations.Download