Aborted Women: Open Arms Poll

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Open Arms National Office conducted a survey of women who have had abortions. Participants in the poll were women who were clients of Open Arms and of Crisis Pregnancy Centers that were co-operating with them in this survey. The survey included 1,145 women. Interviews were conducted from 1986 to 1994.

Demograpics
Average age when they filled out the survey 29
Average age when they had their abortion 20
Weeks along when abortion was performed 10
Cost of abortion $297
Count Percent
Total 1,145 100%
Type of abortion
Suction 800 70%
D&C 117 10%
D&E 27 2%
Saline 27 2%
Hysterotomy 4 0.5%
Other 19 2%
Can't recall 148 13%
Number of abortions
One 804 70%
Two 199 17%
Three 54 5%
Four or more 29 3%
Reason for abortion
Social 925 81%
Economic 96 8%
Health 55 5%
Life 16 1%
Rape 16 1%
Incest 4 0.5%
Abortion paid by
Mother of baby 392 34%
Father of baby 370 32%
Grandparents of baby 245 21%
Government 79 7%
Insurance 75 7%
Other 61 5%
Client's income bracket (family)
Low (under $15k) 478 42%
Middle ($15-$35k) 281 25%
Upper (above $35k) 53 5%
Could remember doctor's name
Yes 266 23%
No 719 63%
Felt were adequately informed about the baby
Yes 363 32%
No 717 63%
Not sure 28 2%
Felt were adequately informed about complications
Yes 402 35%
No 652 57%
Not sure 40 3%
Would have liked pro-life information then
Yes 699 61%
No 232 20%
Not sure 107 9%
Was the abortion illegal
Yes 64 6%
No 1050 92%
If not: Would they have an illegal abortion
Yes 108 10%
No 756 72%
Not sure 116 11%
Did the relationship with the father of the baby end soon after abortion
Yes 611 53%
No 501 44%
If the relationship did not end, how was it affected
Became closer together 66 13%
Increased their problems 266 53%
Did not have any effect 126 25%
Would they have this abortion again
Yes 158 14%
No 868 76%
Not sure 38 3%
Psychological/emotional problems
Guilt 913 80%
Lower self-esteem 674 59%
Nightmares 366 32%
Crying/depression 798 70%
Regret/remorse 817 71%
Frigidity 256 22%
Hostility/hatred of men 360 32%
Promiscuity 254 30%
Feeling dehumanized 342 30%
Abusive to children 43 4%
Despair/helplessness 527 46%
Eating disorders 223 19%
Can't make decisions 717 35%
Suicidal impulses 298 26%
Can't forgive self 717 63%
Preoccupied w/ death 200 17%
Drug/alcohol abuse 348 30%
Desire to get pregnant again 427 37%
Desire others to abort 60 5%
Suicide attempts 143 12%
Thwarted maternal feelings 165 14%
Other 115 10%
Physical complications reported
Hemorrhage 108 8%
Infection/high fever 92 8%
Neo-natal death & stillbrith 19 1%
Perforated uterus 11 1%
Long difficult labor 116 10%
Cervical lacerations 17 1%
Sterility 22 2%
Damage to bowels 9 1%
Infertility 89 8%
Peritonities 2 0%
Cervical damage 28 2%
Shock/coma 25 2%
PID-tubal infection 36 3%
Blood clotting defect 46 4%
PI-uterine infection 58 5%
Intense pain 282 26%
PID-tubal/ovarian abcess 26 2%
Incomplete abortion 33 3%
PID-unspecified 61 5%
Adherent placenta 16 1%
Scarred uterus 56 5%
Placenta previa 26 2%
Menstrual disorders 187 16%
Tubal pregnancy 17 1%
Rh problems 16 1%
Abdominal pain 193 17%
Premature birth 53 5%
Miscarriage 158 14%
Other 99 9%


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Posted 8 Oct 2000.

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