Yes! Surgical abortion is one of the safest types of medical procedures. Complications from having a first-trimester surgical abortion are considerably less frequent and less serious than complications associated with giving birth. Early medical abortion/pill abortions are also very safe.
Serious complications arising from surgical abortions before 13 weeks are unusual. About 88% of the women who obtain abortions are less than 13 weeks pregnant. Of these women, 97% report no complications; 2.5% have minor complications that can be handled at the medical office or abortion facility; and less than 0.5% have more serious complications that require some additional surgical procedure and/or hospitalization
Although rare, possible complications from a surgical abortion procedure include:
- blood clots accumulating in the uterus, requiring another suctioning procedure, (less than 0.2% of cases)
- infections, most of which are easily identified and treated if the woman carefully observes follow-up instructions, (0.1%-2.0% of North American cases)
- a tear in the cervix, which may be repaired with stitches (0.6%-1.2% of cases)
- perforation (a puncture or tear) of the wall of the uterus and/or other organs (less than 0.4% of cases)
- incomplete abortion, in which tissue from the pregnancy remains in the uterus, and requires a repeat suction procedure, (0.3%-2.0% of cases)
- excessive bleeding requiring a blood transfusion (0.02%-0.3% of cases). In comparison, a woman’s risk of death during pregnancy and childbirth is ten times greater.
Possible complications of a medical abortion include:
- failure of the medications to terminate the pregnancy (less than 2% of cases), requiring a suction procedure to complete the abortion
- incomplete expulsion of the products of conception, requiring a suction procedure to complete the abortion (occurs in less than 6% of cases)
- excessive bleeding, requiring a suction procedure, and rarely, transfusion (less than 1% of cases)
- uterine infection, requiring the use of antibiotics (0.09%-0.6% of cases)
- death secondary to toxic shock following infection with Clostridium sordellii (has occurred in less than 0.001% of cases in the US and Canada)
See https://prochoice.org/wp-content/uploads/safety_of_abortion.pdf for more information and citation of statistics.