What are the risks to women?

Side effects and/or complications that accompany chemical abortions are:

  • pain, possibly severe
  • heavy and/or prolonged bleeding for multiple weeks
  • fever
  • infection
  • incomplete abortion (requiring surgical follow-up)
  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • feeling dizzy or heaving a headache
  • short-lasting hot flashes
  • hemorrhage
  • blood clots
  • undetected ectopic pregnancy, which is life-threatening
  • permanent infertility, if an Rh negative mother is not administered RhoGAM as is done with dangerous “no-test” abortions and telemedicine chemical abortions. Read more about Rh dangers here.
  • maternal death

A 2018 study in Sweden, where abortion is legal and not altogether controversial, reported:

  • Complications occurred in 7.3% of the medical abortions < 12 weeks. Over time, the rate of complications for medical abortions < 12 weeks increased from 4.2% in 2008 to 8.2% in 2015. [...] The most common complication (57%) related to medical abortions < 12 weeks was incomplete abortions, which occurred 153 times, comprising 4.1% of all medical abortions.

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