No link to breast cancer

Contrary to assertions by the anti-choice lobby, medical research consistently shows that women who have had an abortion have no greater risk of breast cancer than those who have not. A major ten-year study of 100,000 women published in 2007 in the US ‘Archives of Internal Medicine’ has concluded that neither induced nor spontaneous abortion...
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Safe & Unsafe Abortion

Unsafe Abortion Unsafe abortion is performed by untrained people using  dangerous methods, which often fail, in unsterile conditions. Methods used include: • herbs or drugs, including alcohol. • physical damage e.g. massage, falls. • pushing substances into the uterus  e.g. soap, bleach. • pushing objects into the uterus  e.g. a stick, rubber tubing, wire, coat...
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Non-surgical or medical abortion

Non-surgical or medical abortion is used for early abortion up to nine weeks. Mifepristone and prostaglandin are also used for termination of pregnancy 13 – 24 weeks gestation. The drug used for medical abortion, mifepristone, also known as RU 486, was first developed in France in the 1980’s and is currently on the market in...
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Later Abortion

You will see that there is overlap in the different methods that can be used at the different stages of later term abortions. Each woman will discuss her options with her doctor, who will take her medical circumstances into account. Medical induction (induced miscarriage)* When: 13-24 weeks Where: Clinic / Hospital. Up to two nights’...
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Early Abortion

Each stage of pregnancy requires a different method of abortion. When performed  by trained professionals in sterile conditions early procedures are virtually risk-free. Later abortion may involve some risk to the woman’s health. In order to make informed decisions women must be made aware of the possible risks  and complications. New methods of abortion and...
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Glossary of Terms

Abortifacient Substance or drug that causes an abortion. Abortion on demand / request When a woman can simply ask for an  abortion, without having to give reasons or fulfil criteria. Age of consent Age at which it is legal to have penetrative sex (16 in the UK). Back-street abortion Abortion performed illegally and secretly, probably...
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