Because abortion is such a hot button issue, there is a lot of misinformation in public rhetoric and on the internet. We hope to debunk some common misconceptions in the following section.
Myth: Getting an abortion increases your risk of breast cancer
Fact: Both the American Cancer Society and the American Medical Association have concluded there is no link between breast cancer and abortion
Myth: Abortion is dangerous.
Fact:Legal abortion is 14x safer than pregnancy and childbirth. This was not always the case, however; before Roe v. Wade became law of the land in 1973, thousands of women each year experienced morbidity or mortality due to complications from an unsafe abortion. Safe, legal abortion care saves lives. Like any medical procedure, there are risks associated with having an abortion. That said, less than half of 1% of legal abortions performed result in serious complications.
Myth: If I have an abortion, I’ll be suicidal and depressed
Fact: Abortion is not associated with long term emotional distress or suicidal ideation. The most common feeling after an abortion is relief. Click here to learn more about the Turnaway Study, a project out of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) that examined the long-term emotional, physical, educational, and economic consequences of being denied an abortion versus being able to obtain abortion care
Myth: Emergency contraception (“the morning after pill”) and medication abortion (“the abortion pill”) are the same thing
Fact: Emergency contraception will not impact an existing pregnancy and has no impact if fertilization has already occurred; it merely prevents pregnancy from occurring. Medication abortion terminates an already established pregnancy.