Abortions – Myths and Misconceptions

Abortions – Myths and Misconceptions


NAF Hotline – National Abortion Federation – Canada 1 800 772 9100

Abortion Myths and Misconceptions

Myth: I need to have an abortion because my mother/partner/friends want me to.

Fact: Your parents, partner, or friends may influence your feeling about having an abortion; however, the decision to have an abortion is yours. If you are feeling pressure to have an abortion, talk to clinic staff about your concerns.

Myth: Most abortions are performed on young, irresponsible women who can’t be bothered to use birth control.

Fact: More than one-third of women in Canada and the United States will have an abortion before age 45. Women from all walks of life have abortions. They are all ages and all races.

Myth: Women who have abortions have emotional problems afterwards.

Fact: The most reliable indicator of whether a woman will experience feelings of distress after an abortion is her emotional stability before the abortion. Women indicate that the most common feeling after the completion of an abortion is relief.

Myth: If I needed an abortion I would not be able to afford one.

Fact: In Ontario, Canada abortions are FREE. The cost of having an abortion is covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)

Myth: I can abort a pregnancy on my own.

Fact: Trying to end a pregnancy by self-aborting can be very dangerous to your life, health and ability to have children in the future. You may injure yourself or die if you attempt to self-abort.

For more info: Call NAF Hotline – National Abortion Federation – Canada 1 800 772 9100
Weekdays: 7:00 A.M.-11:00 P.M. Eastern time
Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00 A.M.- 9:00 P.M.

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