Women Want to Know Risks of Having an Abortion

By Sarah Terzo

In a study entitled “Women’s preferences for information and complication seriousness ratings related to elective medical procedures” in the August 2006 edition of the Journal of Medical Ethics, 95% of women surveyed claimed that they would want to know all of the risks of elective medical procedures, including abortion, before agreeing to that procedure. According to an article on the study:

Priscilla Coleman, David Reardon, and Matthew Lee, the study of a diverse sample of 187 largely low-income women seeking obstetric and gynecological services found that they overwhelmingly wanted to be informed of all known risks associated with elective procedures in general and with abortion in particular….

The study revealed that 95% of the women surveyed at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, expressed a desire to be informed of all possible complications associated with elective medical procedures, including abortion. This was found to be true regardless of how common or uncommon the particular complications were.

From “Study Reveals Women Want Information on Abortion Risks.” National Right to Life News, September 2006.

Pro-choice organizations usually oppose informed consent laws, which require clinics to inform women about the risks of abortion procedures prior to performing them.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.