Complications of abortion

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Complications of abortion are more common than reported. Typically the abortionist does not have privileges at a local hospital and women suffering from complications must proceed to the emergency room to be examined by physicians unfamiliar with what happened.

As the abortionist Dr. Warren Hern observed:[1]

In medical practice, there are few surgical procedures given so little attention and so underrated in its potential hazards as abortion. It is a commonly held view that complications are inevitable. The reasons for this are not difficult to find. Abortion has been a stigmatized operation by the medical community for centuries. Medical teaching facilities have considered abortion too simple a procedure to merit serious instruction in its performance and provision as a medical service

Short-term complications can include:

  • Bladder Injury
  • Bleeding
  • Bowel Injury
  • Cervix Laceration (5% risk)
  • Ectopic (Tubal) Pregnancy (an increase in risk of 8 to 20 times)
  • Hemorrhage
  • Infection
  • Infertility
  • Future miscarriages (tenfold increased risk in second trimester miscarriages)
  • Perforation of the Uterus (up to 2.5% risk)
  • Placenta Previa (6 to 15 times more likely)
  • Post-Abortion Syndrome (severe mental and emotional problems)
  • Retained parts from pregnancy


  1. A selection of a Warren Hern book, via Google