Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

can getting an abortion harm any chances of getting pregnant in the future?

No. Abortion is a very safe procedure in countries where it’s legal, like the U.S. Contrary to what you may have heard, abortion does not increase the risk of breast cancer, future miscarriage, or birth defects in future pregnancies — unless there are complications, which are rare. Nearly one out of three women in the U.S. will have an abortion by the time they’re 45.

In countries where abortion is illegal, however, it can be very dangerous, and the complications can lead to problems with future pregnancies. In those countries, about 67,000 women die every year from illegal abortions, and five million are hospitalized from abortion complications. This is why so many pro-choice people and organizations keep fighting to keep abortion safe and legal in the U.S.

Tags: pregnancy, fertility, abortion