Abortion and Women’s Health

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The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research reports on a study regarding the risks of abortion to women’s mental health

“In the largest study of its kind researchers have concluded that women having abortions experience an 81% increased risk of mental health problems.

Published in the prestigious British Journal of Psychiatry, it also found almost 10% of all mental health problems are shown to be directly linked to abortion.

Separate effects were calculated based on the type of mental health outcome with the results revealing the following: the increased risk for anxiety disorders was 34%; for depression it was 37%; for alcohol use/abuse it was 110%, for marijuana use/abuse it was 220%, and for suicide behaviours it was 155%.

This new meta-analysis, conducted by Priscilla K. Coleman from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA, is based on 22 published studies. Only the strongest studies were included, with a combined number of participants totaling over 850,000.”

From the deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research – December 2011

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