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Medical Risks of Abortion

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Medical risks that may occur with surgical, medical, or diagnostic procedure include:

  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Hemorrhage
  • Allergic reaction
  • Death

The possible medical risks that may occur with a medication (medical) abortion include:

  • Hemorrhage
  • Infection
  • Additional procedure resulting from the failure to remove all products of conception
  • Sterility
  • Continuation of the pregnancy

The possible medical risks that may occur with a surgical abortion include:

  • Hemorrhage
  • Uterine perforation
  • Sterility
  • Injury to the bowel and bladder
  • Hysterectomy as a result of a complication or injury during the surgical abortion
  • Additional procedure resulting from the failure to remove all products of conception