Before you decide to have an abortion or tell someone else they should have one, get the facts straight. There are alternatives that may be much safer and healthier, both physically and emotionally. An unwanted pregnancy can cause intense stress and hardship in a variety of ways, but the medical evidence is clear. The physical and psychological consequences of abortion can be devastating. Nine short months of pregnancy is a small cost to pay to avoid a lifetime of potential physical and mental health problems.

When people talk about abortion, there are usually few questions about the basic medical details. Many women make the decision to have an abortion without ever discussing the medical procedures or the health considerations with anyone. Perhaps no other medical procedure is performed with such a high degree of patient ignorance.

We have a right to be informed about things that affect our health. There is no reason why any woman should go through any type of surgery, especially induced abortion, or take powerful drugs that induce abortion, and not be informed about the likelihood of suffering serious side effects.

Before making a decision that could change your life forever, get all the information you can on the procedure.

The term"abortion" refers to any premature expulsion of a human fetus, whether naturally spontaneous, as in a miscarriage, or artificially induced, as in a surgical or chemical abortion. Today, the most common usage of the term "abortion" applies to artificially induced abortion.

In 1973, the Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions legalizing abortion in all 50 states during all nine months of pregnancy, for any reason (medical, social, or other).

The vast majority of all abortions performed today are done for social, not medical reasons. Abortions are most common where a woman does not feel ready tho have a baby or her partner wants her to have an abortion. Over 90% of all induced abortions are done for elective and not medical reasons.

Abortion ends a pregnancy by destroying and removing the developing child. The baby already has a beating heart by the time the mother misses her period and begins to wonder if she might be pregnant (about 31 days after the mother had her last menstrual period).

Surgical abortions are usually performed 49 or more days after the mother had her last menstrual period. By that time, the baby has identifiable arms and legs displays measurable brain waves. During the seventh through the tenth weeks, when the majority of abortions are performed, fingers and genitals appear and the childs face is recognizably human.