THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A SAFE ABORTION
New Book Documents the Dangers of Abortion
Springfield, IL -- "Keep abortion safe and legal." These
words are often seen and heard at this time of year, when
pro-life and pro-abortion activists mark the anniversary of
Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that paved the way
for abortion on demand 29 years ago.
Pro-abortion activists claim that if Roe v. Wade is
overturned, desperate women will seek dangerous "back
alley" abortions that could put their health or lives at
risk. But many in the pro- life movement who have studied
this issue disagree.
"The courts can make abortion legal, but neither they nor
doctors have been able to make it safe," said David
Reardon, Ph.D., director of the Elliot Institute, a
post-abortion research organization, during an announcement
of a new book summarizing hundreds of studies regarding
"Most people—even involved in the pro-life movement—are not
aware of the extensive research showing that abortion is
harmful to women, their families and society as a whole,"
Reardon said. "Though abortion advocates continue to deny
that abortion can be harmful to women's physical and
emotional well-being, a close examination of the literature
shows that the risks of abortion are both serious and
To make information on abortion complications more readily
accessible to the public, the Elliot Institute has
published the Detrimental Effects of Abortion: An
Annotated Bibliography with Commentary, under its Acorn
Edited by pro-life researcher and author Thomas W. Strahan,
the 276-page reference book includes a bibliography with
more than 1200 citations to studies documenting the
negative impact of abortion. The studies are divided into
more than 40 subcategories, covering topics such as the
physical and psychological effects of abortion, abortion
decision making, abortion and maternal mortality, social
effects and implications of abortion, and abortion and
teens. Each entry also contains a summary of the key
research findings from the study.
"The dangers of abortion are being hidden from public view
in large part by the efforts of groups and individuals who
are more concerned about promoting population control than
they are about promoting women's health," Reardon
explained. "For some of these population control zealots,
the injuries women suffer from abortion are insignificant
compared to the supposed good that comes from preventing
the births of ‘unwanted children.' After examining the
evidence presented in this book, anyone who cares more
about women than about population control would have to
conclude that abortion is simply bad medicine."
The anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing
abortion is a good time to donate books to libraries where
they will be accessible to students and women and men who
may be considering abortion. Ready access to this
information in a local library can change minds and save
The Elliot Institute strongly encourages pro-life
individuals and groups to consider donating this important
reference book to the city, high school, and university
libraries in their area.
Detrimental Effects of Abortion: An Annotated Bibliography
with Commentary, is available from the Elliot Institute
for $35, shipping included. Checks or money orders can be
sent to the Elliot Institute, PO Box 7348, Springfield, IL
62791; or call 1-888-412-2676 to place a credit card order.
All the publishers proceeds are used to further
post-abortion research and education.