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What’s Airing on Pro-Life Perspective Today? “Abortion is Not Safe, Part 2”

by | Mar 22, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

NRLC President Carol Tobias

On Tuesday National Right to Life President and Pro-Life Perspective Host Carol Tobias began a three-part series by quoting from pro-abortion president Bill Clinton. Remember how he liked to invoke his favorite phrase that abortion is and should be “safe, legal, and rare”? It’s legal, of course, but neither rare (1.2 million each year) and surely not safe.

Today, Mrs. Tobias picks up where she left off yesterday, going through just some of the many complications associated with abortion, starting with pain. She tells us

“Despite the use of local anesthesia, a full 97% of women having abortions reported experiencing pain during the procedure, which more than a third described as ‘intense,’ ‘severe’ or ‘very severe.’ Compared to other pains, researchers have rated the pain from abortion as more painful than a bone fracture, about the same as cancer pain, though not as painful as an amputation.” 

Then there are common complications such as are bleeding, hemorrhage, laceration of the cervix,  menstrual disturbance, inflammation of the reproductive organs, bladder or bowel perforation, and serious infection. Mrs. Tobias then talks about even more harmful long-term physical complications.

Then there is the subject pro-abortionists hate to talk about: the link between induced abortion and an increased risk of breast cancer. As Mrs. Tobias explains

“There is strong evidence that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer. A study of more than 1,800 women appearing in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 1994 found that overall, women having abortions increased their risk of getting breast cancer before age 45 by 50%. For women under 18 with no previous pregnancies, having an abortion after the 8th week increased the risk of breast cancer 800%. Women with a family history of breast cancer fared even worse. All 12 women participating in the study who had abortions before 18 and had a family history of breast cancer themselves got cancer before age 45.”

And, of course, death of the mother is the most serious of all complications. The risk of death increases according to the duration of pregnancy and the complexity of the abortion technique employed.

Tomorrow, the third part in this PLP series. Please go to to listen and please pass this link along through your social networks.

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