While abortion is generally very safe in the United States, Harris writes that if political wrangling leads to increased stigma (alongside more restricted access), complications may increase:

'This leads me to ask, how many serious abortion complications are caused by stigma, and the secrecy and silence it generates? Because overall rates of serious complications or death from abortion in the United States are extremely low (the abortion mortality rate is 0.7 per 100,000 abortions), abortion stigma may not currently pose an important public health threat. However, abortion is becoming increasingly contested in U.S. politics and discourse, and social scientists note its increasing stigmatization. Insofar as abortion stigma leads to compulsory secrecy for many patients, which in turn may lead to disruptions of care and lapses in treatment, we might expect rates of some serious complications to increase.'

I’ve written about this issue before, but I thought I’d post this quote as well.

Quote from “How Many Abortion Complications Are Caused by Stigma, Secrecy, and Silence?" via Our Bodies, Ourselves.

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Pangs of guilt

This is one of the first stories I wrote after I began to think seriously about the possibility of me becoming a writer. It’s an attempt to personalize abortion, an issue that is most often condemned before its fully understood.

One of the theories that I constantly maintain is that people do not care about an issue until it happens to them. Also, they cannot fully comprehend something until a face is put on it. 

Go to http://1in3campaign.org/ to watch videos of women sharing their stories about abortion, and maybe, also share your own.

Make a pact to share any of the stories you heard with 3 people, and encourage them to do the same.

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Spotlight: 1 in 3 campaign

Check out this powerful video and others at the 3in1campaign website that is sparking conversation and reducing stigma about abortion.