Abortion Procedures

Before 14 weeks

  • Medical Abortion: RU 486 (mifepristone) or Methotrexate
  • Manual vacuum aspiration
  • Suction curettage
  • Dilation & Curettage (D & C)

At 14 weeks or more

  • Dilation & Evacuation (D & E)
  • Labor Induction--only 0.8%

Possible Abortion Risks

Possible Immediate Physical Risks

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Infection
  • Incomplete abortion
  • Tearing of the cervix
  • Allergic reaction to drugs
  • Scarring of the uterine lining
  • Damage to internal organs (1, 2)
  • Statistically significant increased risk of preterm birth even after one abortion (3)
  • Increased risk of mood disorders/depression (4)
  • Possible increased risk of breast cancer (4)

Possible Long-Term Risks

Emotional Impact

Some women experience strong negative emotions after abortion. Sometimes this occurs within days and sometimes it happens after many years. Symptoms may include: guilt, anger, anxiety, depression, anniversary grief, flashbacks & more. (1)

Spiritual Consequences

People have different understandings of God. Whatever your present beliefs may be, there is a spiritual side to abortion that deserves to be considered. Having an abortion may affect more than your body or your mind. It may affect you spiritually. (1)

References: 1. CareNet, Before You Decide, 2003 2. VA Department of Health, Abortion: Making An Informed Decision 3. Rooney, Brent, Calhoun, B., Induced Abortion and Risk of later Premature Births. Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 2003, 8(2):46-49. 4. Thorp, John M., Hartmann, Katherine E., Shadigan, Elizabeth. Long-term Physical and Psychological Health Consequenses of Induced Abortion: Review of the Evidence.

PRC of Metro Richmond does not perform or refer for abortions.