Undeniable: Abortion and Mental Health

depression 2Another controversial review of the mental health risks of abortion has been published, this time in the peer-reviewed Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. The authors of “Does abortion reduce the mental health risks of unwanted or unintended pregnancy? A re-appraisal of the evidence” argue that abortion may be a mental health risk.

They contend that the evidence shows that abortion is not associated with a reduction in rates of mental health problems, and is associated with increases in risks of anxiety, alcohol and drug misuse, and suicidal behavior. They warn that “the growing evidence suggesting that abortion does not have therapeutic benefits cannot be ignored indefinitely, and it is unacceptable for clinicians to authorize large numbers of abortions on grounds for which there is, currently, no scientific evidence.”

This could have important social policy consequences, they warn. Well over 90% of abortions in Australia and New Zealand and elsewhere are done “on the grounds that continuation of the pregnancy would pose a serious threat to the woman’s mental health”. If an abortion would pose an even greater threat, the rationale for legal abortion would be undermined.

“It is our view that the growing evidence suggesting that abortion does not have therapeutic benefits cannot be ignored indefinitely, and it is unacceptable for clinicians to authorize large numbers of abortions on grounds for which there is, currently, no scientific evidence.”

 

This article was originally published at BioEdge.org

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Michael Cook

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Michael Cook likes bad puns, bushwalking and black coffee. He did a BA at Harvard University in the US where it was good for networking, but moved to Sydney where it wasn’t. He also did a PhD on an obscure corner of Australian literature. He has worked as a book editor and magazine editor and has published articles in magazines and newspapers in the US, the UK and Australia.

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  • Gera

    I have asked numerous drug abuse counselors, “Does abortion play into the reasons to do drugs.” EVERY counselor said that after the layers are peeled away, abortion usually was at the core of most of the reasons the women went deeper into drug abuse, to deaden the pain and guilt.

  • http://raisingahappyfamily-momof8.blogspot.com/ momto8blog

    as long as women continue to convince themselves they aren’t doing anything wrong their life will go on as usual….but eventually the buried truth has to surface someway,

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