Abortion
This is not an easy answer! It may seem so at the time, but there may be short-term and long-term effects.

In Ohio, girls under 18 have to have a parent's signature to get an abortion. There are laws that can protect the mother if she is being forced into an abortion.

ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

1. Do I believe this is a living human inside of me?

2. Am I being pressured into having abortion?

3. How will I feel afterwards?

4. Can I live with regret or loss?

5. What is the purpose for this child's life? (could they be here to cure cancer)

6. Is it worth making a choice to just make a boyfriend happy and do you think
that will make him stay with you?

7. Are you prepared if things go wrong, that you may never be able to have
children?

8. If you feel you can't raise this child have you considered adoption? Many
adoption plans let you be a part of the child's life.

9. Who am I thinking about when I am thinking about having an abortion?

10. How wilI I feel in the future when I have other children?


CALL US TODAY AND LET US HELP YOU WORK THROUGH THESE THOUGHTS AND OPTIONS!
Short-term and Long-term Effects of Abortion

Some women may never experience any of theses affects listed. If you already have some of these issues, an abortion could make them worse. Some women may not have any effect until 2 -20 years after their abortion.

Women who abort a baby have a six times higher rate of suicide than those who carry a baby full term.
An abortion is removing the baby from the mother's body. This is done a number of different ways;

1. The Abortion Pill - RU-486 - This pill blocks the hormone progesterone which is needed to maintain the lining of the uterus and provides oxygen and nutrients the baby needs. Without it the baby dies. By taking this pill and Cytotec which is taken two days later, causing uterine bleeding (sometimes profuse), strong contractions and expulsion of the baby.

2.
Vacuum Aspiration - This is done during the first trimester. The uterus is emptied by either a manuel syringe or a high powered suction machine.

3.
Dilation and Suction Curettage - This is done usally after 14 weeks. The doctor will use a steel knife to cut up the baby so it can be removed.

4.
Dilation and Evacuation - The cervix is dialiated. Since the bones have calcified, the Doctor will use foceps to break the baby's bones so that it can come through the cervix.

5.
Induction and Prostaglandin Abortion - This is preformed during the second and third trimester. Labor is induced and the cervix is dilated. Steps are taken to make sure the baby is dead before it is delivered.

6.
Dilation and Extraction - The mother undergoes two days of dilation. The doctor has to use his hands to grab one or two of the baby's legs and pulls it out. Since the brain and skull are large, they are crushed and suctioned out.
Possible Phyiscal Issues

Perforation of the uterus
Hhemorrhaging
Cardiac arrest
Endotoxic shock
Infection
Cervical laceration
Infertility
Stillbirths later in life
Miscarriage with other pregnancies


Possible Emotional and Psychological Issues

Bouts of crying
Depression
Guilt
Intense Grief
Anger
Emotional numbness
Sexual problems
Eating disorders
Lowered self-esteem
Drug and alcohol abuse
Nightmares
Difficulty with relationships
Anxiety or panic attacks
Flashbacks
Multiple abortions
Discomfort around babies
Fear / ambivalence of pregnancy
If you have had an abortion and need help dealing with that

choice, contact us. We have resources available to help

you. We still care about you and want to help you.
24 Hour Hotline
419-674-4716
The information on this page come from the brochure "This is Not Your Only Choice" by the Human Life Alliance Group. They are available at our office.