A recent issue of Teen Vogue attempted to bust myths about abortion and prove that it’s an “essential part of healthcare for many people.” This attempt to dispel “misinformation” about abortion involved perpetuating incorrect pro-choice talking points that are far from the truth.
- Abortion is Safer Than Childbirth
While it’s obvious childbirth does not result in the deliberate termination of the child, we can look into this claim and see how it’s misleading. This talking point comes from a study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology by an abortion provider, Dr. David Grimes. The study is flawed, and similar studies should not be taken as serious evidence that the abortion procedure is safer than childbirth.
Studies like the one conducted by Grimes merely compare nationally reported maternal death rates with data on abortion-related deaths collected from the Center for Disease Control. What these studies don’t take into consideration is that there is no formal reporting on deaths as a result of an abortion procedure, as abortion is underreported by a factor of 50% when complications arise. There are even death certificates that will purposefully avoid declaring abortion as the cause of death. Also, international health experts at the National Research and Development Center for Welfare and Health in Finland found 94% of abortion-related deaths are not being recorded in national data reports on abortion. Another study performed by the same researchers found women are four times more likely to die in the year following an abortion than women who gave birth naturally.
- Abortion Doesn’t Increase the Risk of Breast Cancer
There are 108 world-wide studies published on abortion and breast cancer, and 79 of them have found abortion increases the risk of breast cancer. Human Biology and Endocrinology professor, Dr. Joel Brind, found a 30% increased risk of breast cancer for women who underwent an abortion. Another study published in Cancer Causes and Control found a 44% average increased risk of breast cancer among women with abortion histories. This risk increased to 76% for those with two abortions and 79% for three.
- Straight, Cisgender Women Aren’t the Only Ones Who Have Abortions
One must be in possession of a uterus, fallopian tubes, and all of the other lady parts in order to become pregnant. It is women who undergo abortions because women are the only sex that can physically experience a pregnancy. There is no such thing as a pregnant man, except for Arnold Schwarzenegger in Junior. The credibility of the side that claims life does not begin at conception should be called into question with statement like this, as it displays their blatant attempt to deny science.
- Medication-Induced Abortion Cannot Be Reversed
This appears to be a critique of the abortion pill reversal process. In 2007, Dr. Matthew Harrison developed the emergency abortion pill reversal kit. According to Dr. Harrison, the treatment is a series of “progesterone shots a woman must take within 72 hours of ingesting the first abortion pill, also known as RU486 or mifepristone.” Since the abortion pill blocks nutrients to the baby, blocking the woman’s ability to create progesterone, Dr. Harrison’s treatment puts the hormone into the woman’s system, and the added progesterone combined with what she already makes is enough to stop the abortion pill from working.
A 66% survival rate in the first of seven patients of Dr. George Delgado and Dr. Mary Davenport who underwent the progesterone treatment was documented in Progesterone Use to Reverse the Effects of Mifepristone in 2012. Dr. Delgado went on to develop the Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline, and over 300 physicians around the world are connected with the hotline in order help women looking to undo their medication abortion.
A study published in the Issues in Law and Medicine medical journal found 68% of women who changed their mind about their abortion and started the Abortion Pill Reversal Treatment in time were able to deliver a healthy baby.
It makes sense that Teen Vogue would dismiss the abortion pill reversal process. Acknowledging it would mean they’d have to admit there are women who change their minds about their abortion, proving the procedure is not the universally accepted social good abortion advocates proclaim it to be.
- Women Hardly Ever Regret Their Abortions
Teen Vogue cited a study proclaiming 95% of women don’t regret their abortions. This study is deceptive, as it was highly selective, and 62.5% of women refused to participate in the first interview, and 15% dropped out before or during the baseline interview, leaving only a 31.9% participation rate at baseline. The study also didn’t take into consideration if any of these women sought counseling.
These women are in need of healing, not myths promoting abortion as something good.
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