What are some ways in which abortion is a dangerous procedure for a woman to have?fact

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brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Abortion is an invasive medical procedure, and while doctors who are trained, with both the right equipment and facilities can minimize the risks a woman faces when she has the procedure, there will always be risk.  The procedure is close to the Uterine artery, so blood loss and bleeding to death are concerns.  A condition called sepsis may occur where toxins from the excretory system get into the bloodstream.  Infections can occur, as with any medical procedure. There is also often scarring, which can make it difficult for a woman to conceive a child in the future, should she make the choice to have children later in life.  These are the most serious physical risks I am aware of, not taking into account the psychological effects of having an abortion.

It's such a controversial issue it is sometimes difficult to get medically reliable, unbiased facts.  Here is one site from the South Dakota Department of Health that I think is pretty good.

mkcapen1 | Student
Like any other form of surgery abortion is a risky procedure. There are several ways in which a woman could have an abortion Women who undergo abortion risk infection. Manual Vacuum Aspiration is when a tube is inserted and the embryo is suctioned out. This can result in infection, anemia, excessive bleeding, and pain. Suction Curettage is the most common method used for abortion. This method includes stretching the cervix due to the larger size of the fetus. The procedure is very painful and the woman is given anesthesia. Risks of anesthesia can include choking, breathing difficulties, pneumonia, and death. A hard plastic tube is inserted into the uterus and the fetus is again sucked out. Dilation and Evacuation is the surgical removal of the fetus. Risks include: Heavy bleeding, infection, incomplete abortion, sepsis, cervical damage, scaring of uterus and lining, internal organ damage, and death

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