5 Common Myths About Abortion That You Shouldn’t Believe In


You've undoubtedly seen or read some inaccurate information about abortion.  Abortion opponents have relentlessly misled women about abortion in order to fear and shame them. The idea that abortion causes breast cancer, psychological disorders, and infertility is one example of false abortion information. 

These misconceptions are not supported by scientific evidence. Abortion horror stories are spread by numerous anti-abortion organizations. It's a difficult terrain out there for anyone considering abortion. In this article, we have gathered five common myths about abortion that you shouldn't believe in.

1. Abortion is the killing of a human

There is a lot of debate over this myth, and it is possibly the most frequently cited argument. Most people have heard this at some point, whether in political, religious, or moral arguments. But let's stick to the facts. There is an embryo in the first trimester, which grows into a fetus by the end of the second month of pregnancy. 

The fetus is not an independent creature in the early stages of pregnancy. That's a lot of medical terminology, but the fundamental essence is this: the fetus is not viable during the first and second trimesters (when most abortions are performed), which means it couldn't survive on its own without being connected with its mother's uterus.

2. After having an abortion, you will be unable to conceive 

Abortion has no effect on one's ability to procreate in the future. A first-trimester abortion is a safe and easy medical operation, and while some incorrect and invented claims link abortion to miscarriage or infertility, scientific evidence does not support them. 

While in the past, people faced the danger of bodily harm and infertility as a result of unsafe abortions conducted by unqualified physicians, this was mostly owing to the prohibition of abortion. Skilled clinicians may now conduct the operation in the same high-quality settings as other healthcare treatments.

3. Only young, childless women undergo abortions

One in every three women will have an abortion, and unintended pregnancy can occur at any stage of a woman's reproductive life. Every year, almost the same number of women over 35 as women under 20 have abortions, and more than two-thirds (67%) of women who have abortions are married or have a partner. More than half of women who have abortions already have children.

Individual life circumstances influence decisions about abortion, adoption, and parenting. Many people will choose abortion because their social, economic, or health conditions prevent them from continuing a pregnancy or raising a child at that time, or ever.

4. Emergency contraception is abortion

There is a common misperception that taking emergency contraception is equivalent to having an abortion, however, this is not the case. Plan B, an over-the-counter levonorgestrel tablet that decreases the chance of pregnancy if taken within 72 hours following intercourse, is the most commonly used method of emergency contraception. 

Levonorgestrel works by causing ovulation to be delayed for a few days. As a result, no egg is accessible for fertilization by the sperm, and pregnancy doesn’t develop. There is nothing to push out because no pregnancy has happened. That’s why emergency contraception is a type of birth control.

5. Every woman regrets her abortion

Everyone has a unique perspective on their experiences, even abortion. Even when they know they made the best option for themselves and their family, some women experience regret. However, many women will just feel relieved and confident in their decision. 

How an abortion impacts you depends on why you had it, when and how it was performed, and if you had enough support from those around you. It's crucial to realize that pregnancy may have a significant influence on women's mental health as well. Women may regret continuing with their pregnancy or suffer from complications such as post-natal depression.