Abortion is one of the most politically and emotionally charged topics in American society, even worldwide. It's not surprising, therefore, that misconceptions about this medical procedure are widespread.

There's a great deal that needs to be covered, but here are some basics.

Myth: Abortion is dangerous for a woman's health.

Reality: In fact, the opposite is true: A first trimester abortion performed by a trained professional is significantly safer than pregnancy and childbirth. A 2012 study from Reuters found women are 14 times more likely to die during or after childbirth than from complications of a legal abortion.

Certainly, it must be said that abortions are not entirely risk-free—they can cause uterine blood clots, infection, injury to the cervix, uterus or other organs, or continued pregnancy—but serious