Abortions, like other reproductive health procedures, are safe.
They have significantly fewer poor outcomes than your average colonoscopy—a similarly routine outpatient procedure. Medication abortions have even safer outcomes while being 94–98% effective before 8 weeks and 94–96% after 8 weeks. And getting an abortion does not increase a pregnant person’s risk of depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder. It also doesn’t increase the risk of breast cancer.
But the mental and physical safety of abortion alone isn’t all this is about. We have to consider the safety of the alternative: requiring pregnant people to continue a pregnancy against their will. Being denied an abortion leads to a higher risk of serious complications during their pregnancy, it increases the likelihood of anxiety and staying tethered to abusive partners.
On top of that, the maternal mortality rate for Indiana is the third worst in the nation, and as in so many areas related to healthcare, Black and Brown people are particularly vulnerable to disparities in reproductive care. For every 100,000 births in Indiana, 42 white women and 53 Black women will die as a result. In the 33 Indiana counties that don’t have any hospitals with obstetrics care, that number increases to 76 deaths overall for every 100,000 births. Getting an abortion is a lot safer than giving birth in Indiana.