Want More Detailed Information?

If you would like to learn more about the topics covered in Louisiana Right to Life's "What's the Big Deal?" booklet, you can check out the following websites:

What is Abortion?

The definition of abortion from Merriam-Webster online:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abortion

Is It Legal?

A review of the current legal history of abortion in the United States:
http://www.abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_law/

While the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey and 2007 Gonzales v. Carhart decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States did allow states to place limited restrictions on abortion (in the case of Casey) and allow the federal government to prohibit the partial-birth abortion procedure (in the case of Carhart), the general federal principles of legal abortion across all nine months of pregnancy found in Roe v. Wade and its companion Doe v. Bolton still stand.

Is It Common?

U.S. Abortion Statistics:
• Guttmacher Institute's 2011 Abortion Figures:
https://www.guttmacher.org/fact-sheet/induced-abortion-united-states
• Since 1973: State of Abortion in the United States (National Right to Life)
http://www.nrlc.org/uploads/communications/stateofabortion2016.pdf
• Louisiana Abortion Statistics Obtained from the Louisiana Department of Health but published on Louisiana Right to Life's website:
(www.ProLifeLouisiana.org/Statistics)

How Is An Abortion Performed?

Descriptions of the various abortion procedures used in the booklet are adapted from the Louisiana Department of Health's "Woman's Right to Know" booklet and program:
http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/1036

(The medical illustrations of the two abortion procedures are copyright from Nucleus Medical Media http://www.nucleuscatalog.com/)

But What is It?

Brain Development Does Not Finish Until About 25 Years of Age:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=141164708
Landmarks of Fetal Development can be found in numerous publications. Abort73.com provides a good summary of them:
http://www.abort73.com/abortion/prenatal_development/
Statement from Ward Kischer:
http://www.all.org/learn/stem-cells/embryology/when-does-human-life-begin-the-final-answer/

Isn't Abortion Good for Women?

• "31% of abortions result in physical complications, including bleeding, perforated uterus, infection, and more." Summary found at:
http://www.theunchoice.com/pdf/OnePageFactSheets/PhysicalRisksSheet1.pdf
• VM Rue et. al., "Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women," Medical Science Monitor 10(10): SR5-16, 2004.
• "65% increased risk of clinical depression and post-traumatic stress disorder." Summary found at:
http://www.theunchoice.com/pdf/OnePageFactSheets/PsychologicalRisksSheet1.pdf
• Study: JR Cougle, DC Reardon & PK Coleman, "Depression Associated With Abortion and Childbirth: A Long-Term Analysis of the NLSY Cohort," Medical Science Monitor 9(4):CR105-112, 2003
• "60% increased risk of future fertility and pregnancy issues." Summary found at:
http://www.lifenews.com/2006/12/05/nat-2806/
• Peer-Reviewed Study:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1471-0528.2006.01193.x/epdf (Page 176, chart)
"Increased breast cancer risk due to the interruption of breast cell development during pregnancy." Introduction to Breast Cancer Abortion Link:
http://www.bcpinstitute.org/FactSheets/FS-INTROD-ABC-LINK.pdf
• Peer-Reviewed Study: Angela E. Lanfranchi, MD, FACS, and Patrick Fagan, PhD. Issues in Law & Medicine. V29, N1:3-133. Spring 2014.
http://www.bcpinstitute.org/papers/ILM_Vol%2029_No1_1-133.pdf
• 64% of post-abortive women report being coerced to abort." Summary found at:
http://www.theunchoice.com/articles/howcommoniscoercion.htm
• In-Dept Peer Reviewed Study: VM Rue et. al., "Induced abortion and traumatic stress: A preliminary comparison of American and Russian women," Medical Science Monitor 10(10): SR5-16 (2004).
http://www.medscimonit.com/download/index/idArt/11784

What About Planned Parenthood?

http://www.NolaNeedsPeace.com/facts.html

What About Minorities?

http://www.LABlackAdvocates.com

 "In cases of rape and incest..."

"And, don't forget" abortion after rape or incest makes up less than 1% of all abortions."
"Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives" By Lawrence B. Finer, Lori F. Frohwirth, Lindsay A. Dauphinee, Susheela Singh and Ann M. Moore; Published by the Guttmacher Institute
https://www.guttmacher.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/journals/3711005.pdf (page 4)