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“As a parent, I live in horror knowing that there are young girls going through this pain without their parents’ knowledge. Parents are faced with a shell of a person and have no idea where they lost their child.” —Terri, who had a secret abortion as a teen

“Every Tuesday, a scheduled bus picked up students and took them to the Planned Parenthood clinic. School counselors arranged the visits. …


Still today, I feel like I did not decide to have the abortion … I was only 14 … The nurse said this was not the time to be asking questions, that I should have asked them sooner.” —Gaylene

“Our mom made my sister have an abortion. At age 14 my sister became a completely different person. She got into very hard drugs and would use them every day. She attempted suicide at least three times that I know of and has horrible huge scars on her arms from one of the attempts.” —Anonymous



The UnChoice Ad Campaign - Teen Series






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Click here for full text of "Stuffed Rabbit" radio ad.



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Some facts about teen abortion risks

  • Teens are 6 times more likely to attempt suicide if they have had an abortion in the last six months than are teens who have not had an abortion.

  • Teens who abort are up to 4 times more likely to commit suicide than adults who abort, and a history of abortion is likely to be associated with adolescent suicidal thinking.

  • Teens who abort are more likely to develop psychological problems, and are nearly three times more likely to be admitted to mental health hospitals than teens in general.

  • Teens who abort are twice as likely as their peers to abuse alcohol, marijuana, or cocaine.

  • Teens are more likely to abort because of pressure from their parents or partner, more likely to report being misinformed in pre-abortion counseling, and more likely to have greater difficulty coping after abortion.


Source: Teen Abortion Risks Fact Sheet

See also: Special Report: Teens & Abortion


Evidence-Based Resources 


Teen Abortion Risk Fact Sheet
shorter version  longer version


Special Report: Teens and Abortion (a special edition of our e-newsletter)


"Unsafe" Page, Facts - Mothers maimed or killed and other risks, harm and heartbreak. Women are dying, too, before, during or after abortion


AbortionPillRisks.org (off-site link)

Center Against Forced Abortion (CAFA) - The Justice Foundation (off-site link)
Coercion is illegal and an internationally recognized human rights abuse. Help for those being coerced into unwanted abortions.


Teen Suicide Prevention Tips 


The UnLetter:  Schoolbus Detours and School Resources for Students, Educators, Parents and Leaders


Unplanned Teen Pregnancy Study

Teens have more mental health problems after abortion, even when pregnancy is unplanned.

While having a baby as a teen may be problematic, the risks of abortion are even greater.







Clinic-Bound School Buses and Parents Kept in the Dark


Schools Arrange Secret Abortions  (New Zealand, off-site link)


New Hampshire Teens Pushed into Secret Abortions, Parents Not Informed (12/28/11)


Planned Parenthood Reps Answer Teens Questions, Recommend Abortion Pill to Teens (off-site link)

Garth George: Abortion Law Heartbreaking for Parents (off-site link)


No One Told Me I Could Cry (stories of teens who had abortions) (afterabortion.org)


A Generation at Risk: How Teens Are Manipulated Into Abortion (EI News)
(coercion and risks associated with abortion among teens)


Is Abortion Better for Teens Than Having An Unplanned Pregnancy?


The Detrimental Effects of Adolescent Abortion


Abortion vs. Childbirth: New Studies Evaluate Their Effects on Women's Mental Health


The Protective Effects of Childbirth


Largest Abortion Provider Hides Child Sex Abuse - 10 times
Under-cover film footage exposes risk to teens


Secret Abortion on Seattle Teenager without Parents' Knowledge or Consent

Special E-News Edition on Teens and Abortion (this contains some of the articles already on this list, as well as additional materials and resources 


Judge: Abortion Provider Rushed Abortion on Sexually Abused Teen

Additional resources



Educational Resources to Download and Share


Center Against Forced Abortion (off-site)

Teen Abortion Risk Fact Sheet shorter version  longer version

Ads and Educational Flyers to raise awareness about risks to teens


Special Edition E-Newsletter About Teens and Abortion (forward this special information-packed edition of our e-newsletter to others) 




Forbidden Grief: The Unspoken Pain of Abortion


Victims and Victors: Speaking Out About Their Pregnancies, Abortions and Children Resulting From Sexual Assault


No One Told Me I Could Cry: A Teen's Guide to Hope & Healing After Abortion


Mom, Dad ... I'm Pregnant: When Your Daughter or Son Faces an Unplanned Pregnancy



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