9/9/11: Another Study Links Abortion to Mental Health Problems

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Women who have undergone an abortion have an 81 percent higher risk for mental health problems and are more likely to attempt suicide, abuse alcohol and suffer depression. That’s according to a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

The paper’s author, Priscilla Coleman of Bowling Green State University, said there actually are “hundreds of studies” showing a link between abortion and serious mental health risks, and that three recent studies that reached a very different conclusion had major flaws. But Coleman said her analysis shows that abortion “is associated with moderate to highly increased risks of psychological problems.”

She wrote that the issue of abortion and mental health problems too often is “shrouded in political controversy” and “has not received the scholarly attention it deserves.”