Ovide Lamontagne: We should regulate abortion clinics to protect women's health
• Short-term risks such as blood loss, blood clots, infections such as pelvic inflammatory disease and cervical lacerations and other injuries to organs.
• Placenta previa, which significantly increases in subsequent pregnancies from 30 to 50 percent.
• Mental health risks, such as those documented in a 2011 study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry which revealed that women face an 81 percent increased risk of mental health problems after abortion; the increases for specific mental health issues include 34 percent for anxiety, 37 percent for depression, 110 percent for alcohol abuse, and 155 percent for suicide.
Yet despite abortion's risks, in 2013 only five states — Alabama, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia — regulated abortion clinics like they do mainstream ambulatory surgical centers. Veterinary clinics, tattoo parlors, tanning booths and beauty salons are regulated more heavily than abortion clinics.
Ovide Lamontagne of Manchester is general counsel of Americans United for Life and former candidate for governor of New Hampshire. This column first ran in The Daily Caller.
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