abortion side effects

In today’s culture, people who speak out against abortion risk being called “anti-woman”, regardless of their sense of morality. It’s one thing to be personally opposed to abortion, but to impose that others be opposed is an entirely different situation.

Many argue that the “pro-choice” agenda is integral to women’s sexual equality and well-being. However, a plethora of evidence—including the experience of millions of women—prove that abortion harms women physically, psychologically, and relationally.

Pregnancy loss is significantly associated with an overall lower health, and while miscarriages are often detrimental, abortions are found to have an even greater correlation to poor health. What’s more, abortions can cause multiple types of cancer, complications, and a wide range of psychological issues.

 

Cancer

As opposed to a full-term pregnancy, during which breast cells can mature and become cancer-resistant, women who have an abortion choose to artificially terminate their pregnancy at a time when their breast cells have been exposed to potentially cancer-initiating estrogen, increasing their risk of cancer.

Women with a history of one abortion face a 2.3 times higher risk of cervical cancer, and women with a history of two or more face a risk 4.9 times the average. As is the case with breast cancer, this correlation may be linked to the unnatural disruption of hormonal changes that accompany pregnancy. Untreated cervical damage or the negative impact of stress on the immune system caused by abortion can also increase a woman’s risk.

 

Complications

The nine most common major complications associated with abortion are: uterine damage, infection, excessive bleeding, embolism, anesthesia complications, convulsions, hemorrhage, cervical injury, and endotoxic shock.

Minor complications include infection, bleeding, fever, second-degree burns, chronic abdominal pain, vomiting and gastro-intestinal disturbance—to name a few. Labor complications are also quite common, as well as an abnormal development of the placenta in later pregnancies. Caused by uterine damage, an abnormal placenta can account for fetal malformation, perinatal death, and excessive bleeding during labor.

Teenagers are 2.5 times more likely than women ages 20-29 to acquire endometritis after an abortion, and subsequent pre-term delivery becomes much more common with women who have had previous abortions.

 

Behavioral Effects

Women who have had abortions suffer an increased risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide. Terminating a pregnancy has significant links to behavioral changes such as addiction, eating disorders, and sexual promiscuity. In fact, more than 20 studies have linked increased rates of drugs and alcohol use with abortion!

Rates of psychiatric treatment for women who undergo abortions remain significantly higher than delivering women for at least four years after their procedure.

 

Overall, abortion is linked with a plethora of psychological and physical complications and, most importantly, reduced maternal bonding with children born subsequently.

If you’re in need of support in dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, please call us at (858) 397-1970, text at (858) 822-9335, or send a confidential email to info@mmpregnancy.com.

Source: afterabortion.org

 

pro-life, pro-choice or in the middle-

A person’s stance on abortion is a litmus test for many different issues – political, moral, personal, societal, even psychological. For better or worse, someone’s opinion about abortion is often used as a quick way to gauge their character, compassion, and convictions.

The pro-life vs. pro-abortion debate is often viewed as a no-holds-barred, line in the sand, take it or leave it issue.

But is it really that black and white? What do people really think about abortion, especially when they’re on camera?

Attitudes on Abortion: More Gray, Less Black and White

In a widely publicized YouTube video, reporters from Vox went to Times Square in New York City and asked people a straight-up, simple question: “Are you pro-life, or pro-choice?” The results were totally unexpected, but not for the reasons most pro-life or pro-abortion advocates would think.

The Vox video was an extension of a comprehensive poll which asked more than 1,000 adults their views and opinions on abortion. When pressed for a clear-cut answer on which side of the aisle they preferred, a significant portion of respondents (18%) said “both.”

The poll’s large sample size most likely reflects the prevailing opinion on the pro-life / pro-choice issue. While nearly 1 in 5 poll participants declaring they could go either way, 21% said they were neither pro-life nor pro-choice, which indicates “abortion issue fatigue” to some degree.

Rounding out the remaining responses, 32% declared themselves pro-choice, and 26% checked the pro-life box. The remaining 3% of people asked refused to answer.

As with many polls, how questions are worded can cause a shift in opinion. For example, 28% of poll participants agreed that abortion should be legal in almost all cases. By phrasing the question in a different manner – women should have a legal right to safe and accessible abortion in almost all cases – an additional 9% of those polled agreed.

Given the still-taboo nature of the abortion issue, a staggering 57% of responders said they never talked about the experience of abortion or the decision to have one.

Unconditional Support, Unwavering Compassion

The Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center is proud to hold strong pro-life views. We’d rather see a mother put her child up for adoption than opt for abortion. But we’ll also support and counsel women who have already had an abortion, or are thinking about having one. That last statistic we cited above – 57% of people who simply “shut off” talk about abortion – illustrates how important a caring, compassionate and confidential partner can be. That’s what every woman receives at our pregnancy clinic.

Regardless of your stance on the pro-life and pro-choice debate, we’re here to help. If you’re dealing with a crisis pregnancy or have questions about abortion, please call our office at 858-397-1970. Turning Point can assist any woman with a fresh perspective, gain a helping hand or get crucial counseling. Call us today!

 

the history of abortion in america

Abortion in America goes back to the founding of the country in the 1770s. Throughout the 19th century, abortions were performed mostly unregulated – some jurisdictions attempted to limit and discourage the practice – and the number of injuries and deaths weren’t officially recorded.

By the turn of the 20th century, abortion was considered a criminal offense. This blog will highlight key milestones of the messy, sometimes fatal and always controversial history of abortion in the United States of America.

The Early Era: Minimal Regulation, Unknown Fatalities

It’s hard to believe, but the earliest anti-abortion measures were taken in the first few decades of the 1800s. In Connecticut, legislation was signed in 1821 to prevent the use of poison for abortions. Back in those days, poison was administered by some women up to their fourth month of pregnancy.

Thirty-five years later, the nation’s first vocal pro-life advocates, led by Dr. Horatio Storer, began work to end legal abortion in the United States. This was just six years before the American Civil War (1861-1865) began.

Social activist and feminist Susan B. Anthony famously decried abortion in her 1875 “Social Purity” speech, a far cry from the current feminist viewpoint.

In 1890, the American Medical Association (AMA) proclaimed that abortion should be regulated and, if the life of the mother was in jeopardy, abortion was permitted.

The Early to Mid-1900s: Shifting Perspectives, Changing Attitudes and Bigger Legal Battles

The 20th century started with abortion as illegal in the USA, but change was on the horizon. The Roaring 20s saw major upheavals in America, including women’s health issues. Margaret Sanger’s influential political campaigns helped launch the modern birth control movement, which would have a profound impact on the legality of abortion.

The Second World War and its aftermath dominated headlines (and the public’s attention) from the end of the 1930s through the 1940s, but the strong undercurrent of public opinion was moving on abortion.

Similar to the 1920s, the 1960s were equally tumultuous in terms of the abortion debate. In 1963, the Society for Human Abortion was founded in California. This organization provided information on abortion and contraceptives, which challenged current law.

Four years later, Colorado became the first state to significantly change its abortion laws, opening the door for California’s landmark 1969 court case, which said women have the right to choose abortion.

The 1970s to the Present: Roe vs Wade and Beyond

In 1970, four states (Hawaii, New York, Alaska and Washington) struck down abortion bans, making abortion legally available for women for up to 24 weeks into pregnancy.

The monumental Roe vs Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1973 reversed all state laws that had outlawed abortion, thereby establishing a federal mandate in favor of the formerly illegal act.

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, pro-life advocates attempted to criminalize abortion, but efforts were unsuccessful. In 2000, one generation after the Roe vs Wade case, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved RU-486, commonly called the “abortion pill.”

American influence on overseas abortion changed with President Barack Obama’s 2009 termination of a ban on U.S. foreign aid and counsel for abortion services. To the present day, the abortion battle continues in the U.S. court system, including a recent ruling on religious freedom and abortion in California.

Over the past 250 years, Americans’ view on abortion has changed drastically. Opinions are strong on each side of the debate. But here’s a jarring fact about abortion that’s hard to ignore: since the infamous Roe vs Wade decision, there have been more than 58 million abortions in the United States.

Turning Point’s  compassionate and confidential pregnancy services are available to any woman in San Diego County, including those who’ve had an abortion. We believe woman deserve access to clear, accurate information and practical support to make an informed, educated decision. Turning Point provides a safe haven in a non-judgmental space, regardless of past circumstances. For more information about our pregnancy clinic and how we can assist, please call our main office at (858) 397-1970 or text us at (858) 822-9335. Thanks for reading our blog!

accidental pregnancy

Accidents happen every day. But some accidents reverberate much longer than others. An accidental pregnancy qualifies as a major life-changing event. However, Turning Point’s unique, one-on-one counseling, pregnancy-related medical care and proven programs and services can help any woman turn a so-called accident into one of the most character-building episodes of her entire life.

When faced with an accidental pregnancy, the natural “reflex response” is part emotional, part physical and also part spiritual. And in many cases, they’re all entirely negative. When a woman faces an accidental pregnancy without a proper support system or someone to talk to, it’s understandable that she becomes moody, withdrawn and detached. But that shouldn’t be the accepted response to an accidental pregnancy. Case in point: more than half of all pregnancies in the United States can be classified as unplanned or accidental.

There are many reasons for an accidental pregnancy:

  •          Defective birth control (no method is entirely 100% foolproof)
  •          Medicinal carelessness
  •          Lack of planning
  •          Differences in opinion on when to start a family
  •          Poor education, planning and other resources on pregnancy and motherhood
  •          And many more

Turning Point helps any woman in San Diego County with crisis pregnancies, including accidental pregnancies. Through our focused outreach, compassionate counseling and honest, open (including an open heart) communication, we’re helping woman throughout Southern California redefine accidental pregnancy as a “surprise pregnancy” – not the end of the world, but rather an opportunity for both mother and child to prosper and thrive without fear, guilt or uncertainty.

If you’re dealing with an unplanned pregnancy, getting help can be challenging. Fear, confusion and frustration cause many women to retreat into a protective bubble. And to seek “professional pregnancy help” may sound too clinical, too “official,” and too demanding. However, the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center has helped San Diego County-area women for a generation with down-to-earth, effective counseling, community-based resources, parental mentorship programs and much more. Think you don’t have any resources for an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy? Thank again!

Turning Point can help. But first, you can help yourself by calling us today at (858) 397-1970.

Proven, Proactive & Professional Pregnancy Help – Just a Phone Call Away!

There isn’t a definitive resource or user’s manual for dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. That’s the bad news. However, the good news is that Turning Point can provide crucial guidance, support and a friend who understands your circumstances – someone who will listen to your unique situation. After all, if everybody’s unwanted pregnancy was the same, the resources and assistance would already be in place. But your unplanned pregnancy is one-of-a-kind. Turning Point’s personalized counseling, medical care and other initiatives give you the confidence and attentive support you need.

Turning Point offers unwanted pregnancy resources for any woman in San Diego County. While family support is crucial, Turning Point’s professional pregnancy help offers medical assistance, counseling and community-based referrals – all free of charge!

Dealing with an unplanned pregnancy is tough enough; don’t make it harder on yourself without having professional pregnancy help and proven, effective counseling. The Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center provides a thorough “Patient Experience” process, where we conduct a pregnancy test, ultrasound (if eligible), registered nurse health assessment, client advocate meeting and much more. All of our services comprise the most complete and comprehensive unwanted pregnancy resources in San Diego County, and they are absolutely free.

Don’t delay in getting professional pregnancy help and assistance. An accidental pregnancy is different for each woman, and your situation has a positive outcome – and Turning Point can provide the roadmap to get your there. Please call our office today at (858) 397-1970.

pregnancy termination

An unexpected pregnancy usually has more questions than answers. Some of the toughest questions deal with pregnancy termination options and abortion info. Faced with a sudden crisis, many women immediately consider abortion as a primary option – sometimes, the only option.

You may be faced with an unplanned pregnancy. Some friends or family members might’ve suggested abortion as the best course of action. And you may have already looked at info on where to get an abortion. But before making a final decision, it’s best to get all the information. Our clinic includes counselors who’ve helped hundreds of women in your exact situation, including some recovering from the emotional and physical effects of having an abortion.

If you think you’re up to speed on abortion info, it never hurts to get a second opinion – or a first opinion! Turning Point’s compassionate, caring, non-judgmental setting is the ideal place to discuss your situation, including pregnancy termination options.

Get Abortion Info, Helpful Counseling, Free Medical Attention and More – All at Turning Point!

The Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center is here to support any woman who needs help, regardless of her situation or what her past experiences entail – including abortion. If you’re struggling with an unplanned pregnancy and need someone to talk to, we’re here to help. When faced with possible pregnancy termination options, please call us before making your final decision. With many options available, you’d be surprised at how just one phone call has made meaningful, life-long change for women all over San Diego County.

The consequences of a terminated pregnancy impact many people, with multi-generational impact. Before you end your pregnancy, consider the following after-effects:

  • Emotional trauma. An abortion is an intensely personal decision, and many women struggle with the aftermath – for weeks, months, even years.
  • Physical pain. As we’ve discussed before in the Turning Point blog, an abortion’s impact isn’t purely psychological or emotional; there are many negative physical outcomes, as well. Some of these physical concerns can affect future pregnancies, should a woman choose to become a mother later in life.
  • Family matters. A woman and her unborn child aren’t the only ones affected by abortion; the highly controversial nature of the act usually adds extra strain on family relationships, from mothers and fathers to grandparents to siblings and more.
  • Spiritual toll. One of the often-overlooked aspects of abortion is how it can create a spiritual deficit. Regardless of your faith – or even if you’re not particularly spiritual – abortion leaves a lasting legacy that can alter your spiritual and religious life.

Studies have shown that post-abortion grief is real: In fact, when talking about pregnancy termination options, you should consider some of the physical, emotional and psychological risks. Up to half of all women in the immediate post-abortion period experience insomnia, depression and other negative psychological and physiological symptoms. Before you act, get all the facts. Contact Turning Point today.

One of the most important things to remember about terminating a pregnancy is that you have someone to confide in – and someone to talk with, openly and honestly – with Turning Point. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re contemplating an abortion, or you’ve already had one; our compassionate and caring counselors are always here to offer a helping hand when you need it most. Many women in San Diego County have experienced similar emotions and experiences as you have. But no two situations are exactly the same, and that’s why it helps to have a resource like Turning Point. We won’t judge, regardless of where your crisis pregnancy has taken you. We’re here to help – and we’d like to hear your story.

Making the right decision for you requires patience, persistence – and a passionate audience that will look out for your best interests. Plus, Turning Point also provides a wealth of knowledge and real-life experience that pertains to your crisis pregnancy. Terminating a pregnancy is a life-altering event. Make sure you have all the facts beforehand. And even if you’ve already terminated a pregnancy, we’ll offer an ideal environment to help you recover and get back on your feet.

Don’t make an uninformed decision. Call Turning Point today at 858-397-1970. There are plenty of options beyond pregnancy termination, and we’d love to explore all the possibilities with you. Thanks for reading the Turning Point blog – we look forward to helping you today!

abortion pill extension

A controversial decision by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ignited a fresh debate on abortion. The FDA’s ruling involves the abortion pill Mifeprex (also known as RU-486), the brand name for the drug mifepristone. The drug stops production of the hormone progesterone, which is essential to sustain pregnancies.

Previously, Mifeprex was recommended for up to 49 days into a pregnancy. The FDA changed the time period to 70 days. Essentially, the FDA recommendation expands the pill’s abortion window from 7 weeks to 10 weeks.

Abortion supporters – most notably (and vocally) Planned Parenthood – hailed the FDA’s decision as a victory for women’s health rights. But abortion adversaries, including Americans United for Life, claimed the new guideline poses additional risks for women.

Critics of the FDA announcement are also concerned with the 43% increase of the “acceptable” time period which a woman can choose to abort her baby.

 

Mifeprex Abortion Pill’s Impact on Women’s Health

Mifeprex is the latest in a long line of pills that critics call “chemical abortion” methods. Controversy regarding the FDA’s ruling aside, there are hard facts about Mifeprex that aren’t up for debate. The pill can cause a serious assortment of side effects, some of which are classified as medical emergencies. Mifeprex side effects include:

  • Increased heart rate / heart palpitations
  • Nausea
  • Fever (over 100 degrees)
  • Prolonged heavy bleeding
  • Severe abdominal pain

Given all the potential side effects (both frequency and severity), Mifeprex can be prescribed only through controlled, carefully administered medical qualification. Called a “Mifeprex REMS (Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy),” this restricted plan is designed to not only optimize drug performance, but also limit Mifeprex exposure to those women with pre-existing conditions that could aggravate and amplify the drug’s side effects.

With the FDA’s decision to extend the acceptable use time of Mifeprex to 10 weeks, there are other adverse effects you should be concerned with. The extra 3 weeks increases the chance that women may suffer from:

  • Mild pelvic discomfort
  • Dizziness
  • Back pain (upper and lower back)
  • Fatigue
  • Hives
  • Facial swelling (including cheeks, lips, tongue, etc.)

With increased chemical abortions on the rise, women should know about all the health risks involved. Over 20% of all pregnancies end in abortion. For unintended pregnancies, that figure nearly doubles to 40%. The FDA’s ruling will most likely increase the number of abortions even more. With Mifeprex use now greater than ever, both mild and life-threatening side effects demand serious consideration.

Abortion Pill Reversal

What if you’ve taken Mifeprex, but then decide you’d like to keep your baby? There is a procedure known as abortion pill reversal that is designed to negate the effects of RU-486. How does an abortion pill reversal work?

  • First, the drug Cytotec should be avoided. Cytotec (also known as misoprostol) is used to force baby out of the uterus. Abortion pill reversals are very difficult ifCytotec has already been administered.
  • An ultrasound is performed to determine health of baby
  • Immediate regimen of progesterone medication begins (progesterone is a hormone necessary to carry a baby full-term)

Spotting, severe cramps and other abnormal signs should be discussed with a physician. Clinical research has shown there are no known links between the abortion pill reversal procedure and birth defects. Abortion pill reversal does offer hope for your unborn baby.

 

Looking Down the Road: Future Implications of the FDA’s Ruling

Will the FDA amend its decision in the future? Nobody knows for sure, but their track record suggests the 70-day period is here to stay. The FDA rarely reverses their own guidelines. Only in the face of severely negative PR – in this scenario, potential future deaths or disabilities caused by Mifeprex – will the FDA retract a prior procedure.

Bottom line: the FDA’s declaration on Mifeprex’s acceptable period of use is regarded as a setback for abortion opponents, including Turning Point. Any time there is talk of a “significant step forward for science” in regards to women’s health issues, it’s usually a step backward for unborn children.

 

The Role of Turning Point: How We Can Help

The risks of using Mifeprex are real, and Turning Point is here to both educate and support women. We provide quality medical care and practical advice here at the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center. We won’t turn away a woman who has either had an abortion or is considering one (including the use of Mifeprex). We provide compassionate counsel for all women in San Diego County, regardless of their circumstances.

Despite government legislative changes, the Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center is here to help San Diego County women facing an unwanted or unplanned pregnancy. Political battles, funding cuts and budgetary restrictions have no impact on our non-profit pregnancy clinic.  Real advice for real people – this philosophy and life-affirming values define Turning Point. If you’re not sure where to find answers to your questions, we can help. Call us today at 858-397-1970.

abortion mans perspective

As a young man, I was introduced to sexual immorality at an early age. This conduct was fueled by the exposure to pornography by family members. I lost my virginity at the age of 13 and since then chose a lifestyle of promiscuity. As men, we are taught to use sex as a way to conquer the female, like a game of sorts. This is why when a man experiences sexual intercourse with a woman it is typically called “scoring”. The primary reason for sex is for procreation, as designed by God Himself, secondarily, sex is designed for man and wife to express their love for one another within the bonds of marriage.

In my early adult years, I met a young lady and began to become infatuated with her. Before long we were in a monogamous relationship and engaging in sexual behaviors. This led to an untimely pregnancy that I was not even made aware of until it was too late: my girlfriend and her mother had terminated the pregnancy unbeknownst to me. When I got the news I was shocked! I felt as if there were nothing I could have done in that situation. So, hurt and confused, I just decided to separate myself from the whole ordeal. At that time I was ill-prepared and uneducated on how to cope so I checked out. In hindsight, I could have consoled and comforted my girlfriend and stood with her in the midst of this hard time. This experience has made me realize the importance of the need for post-abortion counseling for the healing process.

I wish I could say that I only had one experience with abortion, but that wouldn’t be factual. Later on in life, I met another young lady who I was fond of and once again fell into the trap of pre-marital sex. Like in the previous instance, she also got pregnant and approached me with news. This time I couldn’t claim ignorance of the situation because she did let me know she was in fact pregnant. This important information brought about a new emotion. FEAR! My response to the young lady was that I was not ready to be a father. The irony of it all was that I loved kids. I was just too afraid of the possibility of giving up what I perceived to be my freedom. Selfishness is what possessed me to suggest to her that we abort this child. While at Planned Parenthood, I was carefree and even excited to assume that this pregnancy that brought trouble was about to be canceled, and I would be “off the hook”. Even though I was a nominal Christian, I still found it rather easy to take part in this heinous act – taking the life of an unborn child. Days later, while traveling in my car, I began to garner a deep sense of remorse and sorrow for the role I played in the abortion. Tears began to stream down my face until I could hardly see where I was driving. I decided to turn into a parking lot and cry out to God, saying, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry!” Then I went to go see a friend of mine. I told him everything that was going on. He counseled me for about two hours. After this encounter, I felt like a huge weight had lifted from my shoulders. This was my Turning Point.

In hindsight, I have come to the realization that it would have benefited everyone involved (including the aborted children) if I had reached out to someone earlier and not let fear and pride overcome my emotions. A man such as myself would have had a healthy view of fatherhood, which is a wonderful experience! The reason I know this to be true is because I am now a father of two beautiful young ladies. It brings me great joy to know that I was instrumental in seeing them become the women they are today. Today, I find healing and therapy by sharing my abortion experience with others, educating myself about the issue and I have even become somewhat of an advocate for babies at risk for abortion. This is a portion of a song I wrote entitled, “All My Children”. In it I penned, “If you were your mom and your mission was you, would you abort? I doubt it! She chose you.” And that is what I found about abortion. It is a choice! One that is not made easy without proper guidance and support. As a responsible man, I have learned to seek wise counsel when confronted with matters as serious as this. Abortion is a life and death issue. What I would instruct myself to do before the abortions is to emphatically choose life! One may wonder why it took a tragedy for me to triumph, but that’s the way it happened for this man (from his perspective).

mans perspective abortion

Abortion is considered a cornerstone women’s health issue. But the man’s point of view usually gets lost in all the commotion. And make no mistake; abortion has plenty of commotion surrounding it. From Roe v Wade to near daily political battles to a keystone of the so-called “War on Women,” abortion doesn’t lack the spotlight.

Yet that spotlight rarely captures the would-be father’s perspective. This post will examine different thoughts and feelings that commonly impact the man who wants to embrace fatherhood.

A Man’s Perspective on Abortion

Abortion from a man’s point of view doesn’t get the intense scrutiny and attention that a woman’s perspective commands. But that doesn’t mean it’s not an important topic. Two primary factors influence men to postpone or skip abortion counseling. Number one is the “macho factor.” Societal pressure and personal self-criticism can lead many men to shun discussing abortion, which makes it nearly impossible to talk about abortion from a man’s point of view. Number two is fear; just as women are naturally afraid of things they’re not sure about, men encounter the same emotion, and that often leads to suppressed emotion, added confusion and elevated tension.

“I made a mistake. I’m not sure we’ll ever get married. I’m not sure I’m actually ready to be a dad. I’m not sure my family will be too happy about this pregnancy. But I AM sure that this child deserves a shot at life.”

Once the initial shock has settled after learning of an unexpected pregnancy, the man usually takes one of two “forks in the road.” The first option is more or less apathy; “Whatever the woman wants is fine; regardless, I’m not going to be involved because we’re not married.” The other option is responsibility. And in an era where much pathology is linked to children raised without fathers, that’s commendable. “Doing the right thing” isn’t a wholly antiquated notion just yet.