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I’ve heard a lot of things about abortion, and I’m not sure if they are true or not. Can you help?

Myth: Abortion causes breast cancer.

Truth: This is not true. The National Cancer Institute and the National Breast Cancer Coalition have all tested that theory, and they all say there is no link between abortions and breast cancer. The link between abortion and breast cancer is a myth that can be used to scare people into not getting abortions. Get the facts about abortion here at Sex, Etc. and from the National Abortion Federation.

Myth: If I have an abortion, I won’t be able to get pregnant again.

Truth: If you have an abortion, you will be able to get pregnant again. There is no evidence that having an abortion, or even more than one abortion for that matter, causes any health problems.

Myth: “Partial-birth abortions” are a common procedure.

Truth: “Partial-birth abortion” is an incorrect term used to describe a rare medical procedure where, later in the pregnancy, the cervix is dilated and the contents of the uterus are removed from the body.

This procedure makes up about 0.17 percent of all abortions performed in the U.S. (That’s less than a quarter of one percent of all abortions.)The procedure is generally used only when the pregnant person’s life is at risk.

Check out this news story if you want to know more about the political history and controversy over this medical procedure.

Myth: Having an abortion is selfish.

Truth: How each person feels about having an abortion is entirely up to them. It is important to remember that we each have very different backgrounds, including different parents, spiritual beliefs, friends and personal experiences. The most important thing you can do is figure out for yourself if abortion feels like the right decision for you.

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