Sometimes a woman has to choose between ending her pregnancy, or risking her own life.

There are many factors that go into making this choice, none of them are easy. In 2012 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists made the statement “Abortions are necessary in a number of circumstances to save the life of a woman or to preserve her health. Unfortunately, pregnancy is not a risk-free life event.”

According to the Guttmacher Institute, in a study undertaken in 2004, the number of abortions performed due to the mother’s health was 12%. This is the most recent data that can be found (at the time of the writing of this article) source: Guttmacher Institute – Reasons (note: there are many factors that were taken into account in the cited report, but the overall percentage of women in table 2 of the report is 12%)

There are many reasons a woman may choose to end a wanted pregnancy for her own health, a few are as follows:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Cancer or Leukemia
  • Chronic infections such as HIV
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Heart, Kidney, or Lung problems
  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum (severe morning sickness)
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Placental abruption
  • Preeclampsia
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
  • Severe Prenatal Depression