Abortion not safe for women says Potsdam resident
To the Editor:
Abortion Cannot be Safe.The pro-abortion mantra is rare, safe and legal – the definition of safe is ‘free from harm or risk.’ Obviously nothing is safe with abortion. In addition to the death of the unborn baby of every abortion (~ 1,250,000 annually), the woman who chooses abortion suffers a multitude of problems. Studies have shown increased risk of cervical, liver and especially breast cancer.
Women who carry their first baby to term cut their chance for breast cancer almost *in half* Women who abort their first pregnancy almost double their chance, with 2 or more abortions there is a 3-4 fold increase.
 <#_ftn1> Conservatively, without abortion 1 in 10 women will contract breast cancer. A mother's first abortion is most important, there are about 1,000,000 of these annually.
Thus, 100,000 of these would get breast cancer without aborting. But abortion increases the risk by *at least* 50%. (100,000 x 50% = 50,000).
Not counting cancer-related deaths; A recent analysis of just a few abortion-related complications indicates that the number of indirect deaths attributable to abortion exceeds 25,000 per year.
 <#_ftn2> An American obstetrician surveyed 486 of his colleagues regarding their experience with abortion patients: 87% revealed that they had hospitalized women with complications following legal abortions; 91% had treated patients for complications; 29 of the doctors (6%) reported patients of theirs dying from legally-induced abortions.  <#_ftn3>
Women who have had abortions are:  <#_ftn4>
• at greater risk of suffering emotional and psychological problems.
• 4 times more likely to engage in drug and alcohol abuse.
• more likely to become pregnant again and undergo additional abortions.
• more likely to subsequently require welfare assistance.
• more likely to never marry, to divorce and go through a long string of unsuccessful relationships.
Approximately 95% percent of the women who have abortions suffer psychological damage;  <#_ftn5> some of which are: child abuse, child neglect, suicidal behavior, anger/rage, feeling of being raped, worsening self-image, sexual coldness, fear of touching babies, nervous breakdown, promiscuity, constant thoughts about the child, loneliness, fear of making decisions, hallucinations related to the abortion, nightmares, feelings of craziness, flashbacks, decreased ability to experience emotions, inability to communicate, feeling victimized, fear that others will learn of the abortion, guilt, anxiety, depression, grief, sadness, regret, loss, repeat abortions, etc.  <#_ftn6>
Of all the emotions they experienced during the abortion crisis, none brings more pain and distress than the one they now know and identify 5 to 10 times more than any other feelings –
‘Oh, my god, I am evil. I have to be evil to have done this thing. I feel so alone, so forsaken.’
2 questions they always ask:
1. WILL THIS PAIN NEVER DIE?
2. HOW MANY YEARS DOES IT TAKE TO GET OVER THIS PAIN?
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(October 11 to October 13 , 2013 in Saranac Lake, NY)
 Voices for the Unborn, Feb 1994
2 Thomas W. Strahan, Women's Health and Abortion II- Risk of Premature Death in Women From Induced Abortion: Preliminary Findings,
2 Newsletter of Association for Interdisciplinary Research in Values and Social Change, Spring 1993, avail from NRL Educational Trust Fund,
419 7th St NW, Suite 500 DC 20004, 202 626-8800.
3 M. J. Bulfin, Deaths and Near Deaths with Legal Abortions, presented at the ACOG (American Col. of Ob/Gyn) Convention,28 October 1975, quoted in Saltenberger, 52.
4 David C. Reardon, Abortion and the Feminization of Poverty.
5 Statement of Facts, American Rights Coalition, quoted in Murphy, 60.
6 Lynn K. Murphy, The Facts of Pro-Life, p. 62.
Chris Larose, Potsdam