What the Heck Do We Know About Abortion?

  • Only 0.69% of abortions are done for the ‘hard cases’, such as to protect the mother’s life or health, rape, or incest.
  • At around 22 weeks in utero, the fetus has the ability to feel pain.
  • According to science, abortion leads to mental health problems.
Overwhelmed by facts? Seeing order in the chaos is much easier if you have the right mental structure. Photo by Timo Volz on Unsplash.
Figure 1. Simplified Saturated Policy View for Abortion — Circled numbers represent pieces of knowledge.
  1. When does life begin?
  2. Does being born after the mother was denied abortion have a negative impact on the child’s physical and/or mental health?
  3. How much stress do unwanted children impose on women?
  4. How many individuals or couples are waiting to adopt? What are their preferences regarding the child’s age or other characteristics?
  5. What Interest Groups have abortion as their central issue? How much money have they spent lobbying or supporting what policymakers?
  6. Does abortion decrease crime? Does forcing women to stay pregnant lead to an increase in crime?
  7. What is the current fertility rate in [insert country]? What fertility rate is best for society?
  1. There is a number of questions we may ask regarding each of the solutions listed in the middle column of Figure 1. What is this solution supposed to accomplish? What is it likely to achieve? Will it, for example, lead to more informed decisions making, decreased anxiety, a reduction in the frequency of abortions, etc.?
  2. Can the fetus feel pain? If yes, at what age?
  3. What are the (physical) health risks associated with abortion?
  4. Does getting an abortion make subsequent mental health worse? Does unwanted pregnancy?
  5. Under what circumstances will abortion happen if it’s illegal?
  1. How common is each of these circumstances regarding abortion?
  2. What risks to the child and mother are associated with the mother’s age?
  3. How much money does it take to raise a child?
  4. Does unwanted pregnancy lead to a higher incidence of interpersonal violence?

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