What Kind of Pregnancies are “High Risk?”
According to UCSF (University of California, San Francisco), High Risk complications occur in only 6-8% of all pregnancies. The terminology “High Risk Pregnancy”, is used by the medical community to indicate a need to watch these mothers (and babies) more carefully; to provide special care to ensure the best possible outcome. A pregnancy may be considered high-risk for a variety of reasons. Some of these include:
- The mother has medical conditions that began before pregnancy, such as diabetes
- The mother develops a medical condition during pregnancy, such as preeclampsia
- The mother experienced problems in a previous pregnancy, such as miscarriage
- Problems are detected in the developing baby
- Complications occur during pregnancy, such as premature labor
- The mother is pregnant with multiples (twins or more) 
So, are abortions medically necessary?
Peter Cermak, in his article What Percent of Abortions are Medically Necessary?, stresses that the “percentage of abortions that are performed out of ‘medical necessity’ is a dynamic statistic, but in the United States it is exceedingly rare.” Further, former Surgeon General of the United States Dr. C. Everett Koop said, “The fact of the matter is that abortion as a necessity to save the life of the mother is so rare as to be nonexistent.” And in the United States, according to the compiled data of 1.3 million aborting women surveyed, 99% of abortions are not done because of any medical necessity. Cermak goes on to say that, “We should expect that [the] percentage of life-threatening pregnancies will only decrease as modern medicine continues to make progress in saving mothers from these tragic complications.”
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 University of California, San Francisco. (2019). High-Risk Pregnancy. https://www.ucsfhealth.org/conditions/high-risk_pregnancy/.
 Cermak, Peter. (n.d.). What Percent of Abortions are Medically Necessary? https://www.hli.org/resources/what-percentage-of-abortions-are-medically-necessary/.
 National Right to Life. (2012). How often is abortion necessary to “save the life of the mother”? https://www.nrlc.org/archive/abortion/pba/HowOftenAbortionNecessarySaveMother.pdf.
 Brian Clowes, Ph.D. (n.d.). Shouldn’t We Permit Abortion Only to Save the Life of the Mother? https://www.hli.org/resources/abortion-to-save-life-of-mother/.