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People who are against abortion often say that it has bad effects on the people who have them – for example, they say abortion causes mental health problems, or that people who have abortions find it harder or impossible to get pregnant in the future. Lots of studies have found that abortion does not cause long-term mental health problems, or problems with getting pregnant.
There’s no link between abortion and breast cancer, either.
About a third of women in the UK will have an abortion by the time they are 45.
Abortion is a very safe procedure and on average, it is much safer than continuing with the pregnancy and giving birth.
If you would like more help or advice about abortion you can also: The only person who can decide whether an abortion is right for you, is you yourself.
They have a right to be against it, but they don’t have a right to force other people to think the same way, or to stop anyone from getting an abortion.
The doctor or nurse who is advising you should always provide information about the potential risks before you go ahead.
This page should cover everything you need to know about abortion and has links to other organisations where you can get even more information.
Even though one in three women in the UK will have an abortion during her lifetime, many people who have had an abortion don’t talk about it.
The earlier an abortion is carried out, the safer it is, too.But like any other medical procedure, it has a risk attached to it.