Abortion: Know the Risks

Every medical procedure, including abortion, carries the risk of complications and side effects. You have the right to know the risks of each type of abortion procedure before making an informed choice and giving consent. Know your legal rights, and discuss the expectations for the abortion provider to give follow-up care, should complications arise.

Chemical Abortion Risks

  • Heavy Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Failed Abortion

  • Miscalculated Gestational Age

  • Long-term Mental Health Decline

  • Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Thoughts or Behavior

 

Early Surgical Abortion Risks

  • Heavy Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Long-term Mental Health Decline

  • Physical Damage to Woman’s Body

  • Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Thoughts or Behavior

 

Mid-Term Surgical Abortion Risks

  • Incomplete Abortion

  • Organ Damage

  • Heavy Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Long-term Mental Health Decline

  • Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Thoughts or Behavior

 

Late-Term Surgical Abortion Risks

  • More Expensive

  • Not Available in Many States

  • Higher Risk of Complications

  • Higher Risk of Death

  • Physical Damage to Woman’s Body

  • Heavy Bleeding

  • Infection

  • Long-term Mental Health Decline

  • Anxiety, Depression, Suicidal Thoughts or Behavior

If a woman experiences a failed chemical or pill abortion, she will need a surgical abortion.