Abortion is something which has been common in society since Roe v. Wade. To some people, abortion is just a type of birth control or a simple fix for an accidental pregnancy. When women are faced with unwanted pregnancies, the option of abortion is  considered and decided by many. Politicians and extremist abortion advocacy groups market abortions as part of healthcare, something which is perfectly safe and normal. But what many women do not realize is that an abortion is not perfectly safe. Abortion does not just affect the preborn baby, abortions also affect the mother.

One of the main ways abortion negatively affects the mother is by leaving her infertile. Many people say that this is a “myth,” however, there are multiple medical studies and journals which prove this to be a fact.

Women who receive abortions are more at-risk for certain diseases, like Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, that cause infertility. If an abortion does not leave a woman infertile, it increases the likeliness of a miscarriage, making it difficult to deliver a wanted baby to full term. Previous abortions have also been shown to increase a woman’s chance of having a preterm birth and/or low birth weight child. In addition to being vulnerable to disease, a woman’s cervix can be damaged during the abortion procedure and the lining becomes thinner and thinner after every pregnancy. This study shows that women with a history of abortion are 60% more likely to miscarry, eventually leading to infertility. Planned Parenthood is aware of these long-term abortion effects but tries to keep women blind by burying the facts. On the consent form women sign when receiving an abortion, sterility is listed as a possible side effect, and the ability to produce children is “not guaranteed.” Is it really worth it to abort one baby and risk not having them in the future? An abortion procedure is not natural. When a woman receives one, it damages a woman’s body.

The more abortions a woman has, the more damage to her body and the more at-risk she is of infertility. A woman in China had 17 abortions in just 6 years. During her most recent abortion appointment, her doctor noticed her uterus was now very thin, “like a piece of paper,” due to the number of abortions she had. The doctor said her uterus was extremely damaged and scarred, and she advised the woman to keep her baby because it might be the last time she will ever be able to conceive a child. The woman did not take her doctor’s advice and still received the abortion; she is just 27 years old.

With all of this being said about abortion and future fertility, it can be seen that abortion does not help or empower women. These abortions literally and figuratively scar women. If pro-choice people were truly looking out for women’s best interests, they would not encourage abortion. Like this Chinese woman’s doctor, a true feminist and real health professional would advise against abortions for the health of the woman. It is important for women to be informed and not fall prey to misleading pro-choice rhetoric.

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