What Are The Actual Medical Risks Of Getting An Abortion?

What's the real danger?

The Supreme Court recently made a decision that was a big victory for reproductive rights. SCOTUS declared that a Texas law created an undue burden on its residents seeking abortions by forcing unrealistically high standards for clinics. SCOTUS decided 5-3 that HB2 was unconstitutional, stirring up a renewed conversation about barriers to a woman's right to seek an abortion.

Regardless of anyone's personal beliefs, policy surrounding abortion should be dictated by medical evidence.

Abortion providers are required by law to inform women of the potential risks from getting the procedure. On the surface, this doesn't seem to be that big of a deal. After all, nothing is without risks, including abortion. 

Critics are concerned that the actual risks are so small, requiring medical professionals to make a big production of them is more about inciting fear to talk women out of abortions, not giving sound medical advice. 


Abortion, like any medical procedure, carries risk. But to have an informed discussion about what is best for the woman, it's important to put that risk into perspective.

DNews breaks down the issue by talking about relative risk for different procedures. More importantly, those statistics are put into context by comparing them with other activities such as continuing with the pregnancy.

Learn the truth about medical risks from abortions here:

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