Alyssa Milano, Chris Evans, Other Celebs Rip ‘Unbelievable’ Alabama Abortion Ban

<big><strong>MYTH:</strong></big> Abortion is dangerous.

<strong>REALITY: </strong> Over 99.75 percent of abortions do not cause major medical problems.

Less than <em>one-quarter of 1 percent </em>of abortions performed in the United States lead to major health complications, according to a <a href=”” target=”_hplink”>2014 study</a> from the University of California, San Francisco, that tracked 55,000 women for six weeks after their abortions. The <a href=”” target=”_hplink”>researchers note</a> that this makes an abortion statistically about as risky as a colonoscopy.

If that fact seems surprising, consider how <a href=”″ target=”_hplink”>American pop culture misrepresents the risks of abortion</a>: Nine percent of film and television characters who have abortions die as a direct result of the procedure, according to <a href=”” target=”_hplink”>another 2014 study from UCSF</a>.

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