North Carolina abortions decrease for seventh consecutive year

This month, the NC State Center for Health Statistics released the 2013 reported pregnancy data, revealing a decrease in North Carolina abortions, continuing the hopeful downward trend we’ve seen in recent years.
Residents of North Carolina had 19,818 abortions in 2013, a 5.5% decrease from 2012. Abortions have declined each year since 2006, with totals decreasing 33% over those seven years. The most drastic decrease occurred between 2010 and 2011, coinciding with the passage of numerous pro-life laws by the NC General Assembly (read more at Saving Lives through Legislation).
To put the abortion total in context by way of comparison, consider that 14.2% of resident pregnancies ended in abortion in 2013. For every six North Carolina mothers who gave birth to live babies in 2013, one child lost his or her life to abortion.
While the death toll from abortions remains both sobering and overwhelming, we can take hope that more mothers in our state are choosing life for their children each year. Even in the few years since 2010, we have seen a decline in the percentage of pregnancies ending in abortion, from 17.3% to 14.2%.
While you can see NC Right to Life’s full report on the 2013 abortion statistics for much more detailed information, here are some quick facts.
Among North Carolinians having abortions in 2013:
  • 26.5 years was the average age
  • 33.9% had repeat abortions; 12.8% already had two or more previous abortions
  • 60% were already mothers of living children
  • Minorities continue to be disproportionately represented, with 45% occurring among African-American mothers
While even one abortion is too many, we celebrate the many lives that have been spared from abortion in recent years. We will continue our life saving work until every unborn child in North Carolina has the protection she deserves.

Post-Abortion Syndrome

Is abortion the quick and easy procedure that its advocates claim it to be? Hardly. Over the past few decades, studies on women who have had abortions show that these mothers often experience aftereffects that can last for decades. Charita, recently featured on the eye-211610_640reality TV show Extreme Weight Loss, is just one example of a post-abortive woman struggling with her decision years later. In this clip, Charita opens up to her parents about her abortion, describing the guilt and regret that has racked her for ten years.  She attributes her struggle with weight gain, in part, to that abortion. Charita's pain is similar to that of millions of post-abortive women. Her symptoms, as well as many others, are collectively called Post-Abortion Syndrome (PAS). These symptoms fall into two main categories, physical and psychological. Physical Symptoms of PAS Some of the risks of abortion are obvious. Like any invasive surgery, abortion can cause severe pain, hemorrhage, and  increased risk of infection (these risks are especially high in light of the many abortion facilities that have failed health department inspections). The chance of cervical injury or uterine perforation during an abortion is also high, and one that could have long-term consequences. Abortions, especially repeat abortions, endanger the long-term health of a woman's reproductive system. Abortion comes with the increased risk of infertility, sterility, miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and premature births. Many women are devastated to discover that when they are ready to have children, they have a hard time conceiving or carrying a baby to term. Psychological Symptoms of PAS Besides the physical risks associated with abortion, mothers also frequently experience psychological distress. Women who choose chemical abortions, for example, are often unprepared to go into labor and expel the perfectly-formed bodies of their tiny babies. Many women report having nightmares about their abortion or their baby, and have a hard time seeing other children of similar ages to their own lost one. Mothers who go on to have more children sometimes struggle to bond with them, partially because they feel guilty about their abortion and unworthy of or inadequate for the role of parent. These feelings of low self-esteem and guilt increase the risk of drug and alcohol abuse. Sadly, death of the mother is another risk of abortion. Physical complications from the procedure have taken many lives, and the psychological stress increases suicidal tendencies astronomically. If you or a loved one has had an abortion, there is help available. These organizations, as well as most pregnancy resource centers, offer confidential post-abortion healing and help:  Abortion Changes You                         Abortion Recovery International     After Abortion                                           Deeper Still                                                 Project Rachel                                            Rachel’s Vineyard                                     Silent No More Awareness                   Surrendering the Secret