Pro-abortion advocates want to hide the fact that abortion can be harmful to the mental health of women. Here are two articles that look at studies that demonstrate the psychological damage done due to having an abortion.
Abortion tied to sharp decline in women’s mental health
By Ryan Jaslow
(CBS) Do women who have an abortion risk their mental health?
A provocative new study shows that women who have an abortion face an increased risk for mental health problems including substance abuse, anxiety, and depression. “Results indicate quite consistently that abortion is associated with moderate to highly increased risks of psychological problems subsequent to the procedure,” the authors wrote in the study, published in the September 1 issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.
For the study, researchers analyzed data on 877,000 women, including 164,000 who had an abortion. They found women who had an abortion experienced an 81 percent increased risk for mental problems.
Women who had an abortion were 34 percent more likely to develop an anxiety disorder, 37 percent more likely to experience depression, 110 percent more likely to abuse alcohol, 155 percent more likely to commit suicide, and 220 percent more likely to use marijuana. Nearly 10 percent of the problems could be attributed to abortion, the authors concluded.
“There are in fact some real risks associated with abortion that should be shared with women as they are counseled prior to an abortion,” Dr. Priscilla Coleman, professor of human development and family studies at Bowling Green State University, told the Daily Telegraph. About 827,000 women have an abortion in the U.S. each year.
Abortion & Depression
Christchurch, New Zealand (LifeNews.com) 1/4/06— A new study conducted in New Zealand finds women who have abortions are more likely to become severely depressed. The report confirms the results of a comprehensive study in 2004 in the U.S. showing abortion leads to a host of mental health problems.
The New Zealand study found that having an abortion as a young woman raises the risk of developing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. The findings come from the Christchurch Health and Development Study of 1265 children tracked since their birth in the 1970s.
Some 41 percent of the more than 500 women in the study became pregnant by the age of 25 and 90 women had abortions. Some 42 percent of the women who had abortions had experienced major depression within the last four years. That’s almost double the rate of women who never became pregnant. The risk of anxiety disorders also doubled. According to the study, women who have abortions were twice as likely to drink alcohol at dangerous levels and three times as likely to be addicted to illegal drugs.
David Fergusson, who led the study, said the results show access to legal abortions is not necessarily good for women. He also said the study confirms abortions cause women mental health issue — rather than alleviating them as abortion advocates claim.
Meanwhile, researchers at Bowling Green State University in 2004 examined data on nearly 11,000 women between the ages of 15 and 34 who had experienced an unintended pregnancy. Their survey found that women who have abortions of unexpected pregnancies were 30 percent more likely to experience subsequent problems with anxiety than those who don’t have one. Women in the study who had abortions and suffered from general anxiety disorder experienced irritability, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, a pounding or racing heart, or feelings of unreality.