1 in 4 people who can get pregnant will have an abortion
59% of people who have abortions already have at least one child
Over 95% of people who have had abortions say that they mostly felt relief after their abortion
Having an abortion is 14 times safer than giving birth
Having an abortion is one of the safest medical procedures - it's even safer than wisdom teeth removal
Having an abortion means that someone is 4 times more likely to live above the poverty line, complete their planned education, and report higher levels of happiness and emotional wellbeing, compared to someone who was denied an abortion.
"No one is pro-abortion" or "I'm pro-choice, not pro-abortion"
Typically it’s people who are supportive of abortion rights who use these phrases, but they both imply that abortion is a bad thing. It’s 100% fine to support abortion — be proud to be pro-abortion.
Abortion providers and the "abortion industry"
Anti-abortion groups make up lies about abortion providers in an attempt to paint abortion as dangerous and providers as greedy and corrupt. Neither of those things are true in any way: abortion is one of the safest medical procedures and abortion providers are compassionate, highly trained health care providers. There is no “abortion industry” as abortion is a standard service in the health care field.
The reality is that for most people, abortion doesn't involve any trauma or negative mental health effects at all. The overwhelming majority of people who’ve had abortions say that they mostly felt relief after their abortions. Abortion is not inherently traumatic, and researchers have found that it does not cause any negative mental health consequences — actually, having an abortion is associated with better mental and physical health.
"Abortion as birth control" and more than one abortion”
It’s absolutely fine to have an abortion, so it’s absolutely fine to have more than one abortion. Since there’s nothing wrong with having one abortion, there’s nothing wrong with having more than one abortion. While contraception prevents pregnancy, abortion ends a pregnancy, so it’s not possible to use abortion as contraception. People who say they don’t approve of “abortion as birth control” typically mean they don’t approve of someone having more than one abortion. But having an abortion is fine and normal, whether or not someone has had abortions before.
"I support abortion, but not in the third trimester" and abortion later in pregnancy
We should trust people and their doctors about when they should get care. A decades-long concerted effort from anti-abortion groups has led many people to feel uncomfortable about abortion later in pregnancy through the use of made-up phrases like "late-term" abortion, which is not a medical phrase and does not exist. There's no medical designation of when "later" in pregnancy, either: the reality is that every pregnancy is different, and people will always need abortions later in pregnancy. Laws that ban abortion later in pregnancy don’t keep people safe; they stigmatize abortion and harm people who need care.
“Adoption, not abortion”
It’s important that someone who’s pregnant and wants to make an adoption plan — giving birth and placing the child with another person or family permanently — receives support and care throughout their pregnancy journey. But adoption shouldn’t be used as a naturally “better alternative” to abortion: encouraging someone to make an adoption plan when they prefer to have an abortion implies that having an abortion is wrong or worse than staying pregnant. Asking “Why can’t people just put their baby up for adoption?” ignores the fact that pregnancy is a major health event with serious health risks and that some people simply don't want to be pregnant. Deciding to have a child, or another child, as well as deciding to be pregnant or not without coercion or stigma is central to full bodily autonomy. People deserve to consider all their pregnancy and parenting options, without the suggestion that abortion is wrong.
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