Post-Abortion Women Say Abortion-Mental Health Risk Link Study Needs Attention

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 5, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Post-Abortion Women Say Abortion-Mental Health Risk Link Study Needs Attention

by Steven Ertelt Editor
November 5
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — A national organization for women who regret their abortions says a new study showing a link between abortion and adverse mental health issues needs more publicity. The Silent No More Awareness campaign is responding to the latest New Zealand study showing 85 percent of women having adverse effects.

As reported earlier this week, the new report is the latest from professor David Fergusson and his team showing abortions cause problems for women.

The University of Otago team examined the medical history of over 500 women and concluded having an abortion generally “leads to significant distress in some” women who have them.

The report indicates that more than 85 percent of women reported negative reactions to their abortions including sorrow, sadness, guilt, regret, grief and disappointment.

The study revealed that women who have abortions face more negative mental health problems resulting from that pregnancy outcome as compared with women who keep their baby and carry to term. Women having abortions had rates of mental health problems “approximately 1.4 to 1.8 times higher than women not exposed to abortion."

That information, says George Forney, the co-director of Silent No More and a post-abortive woman herself, needs more publicity.

“The New Zealand study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, in its own words calls into question whether abortions can be justified for mental health reasons,” she said.

That echoes the conclusion of Fergusson and his colleagues.

“Collectively, this evidence raises important questions about the practice of justifying termination of pregnancy on the grounds that this procedure will reduce risks of mental health problems in women having unwanted pregnancy," the team wrote.

Forney also told that it is "ironic" that the "study comes out as leaders in Congress try to expand access to abortion in the name of health care."

"In effect, pro-abortion politicians are seeking to cover a procedure that will only lead to more costly mental health care services down the road," she said.

Janet Morana, the other co-founder of the post-abortion group, said, "Science has for years been supporting what we already know from the public testimonies and the private devastation of post-abortive women."

“This study is one more rock on a mountain of evidence that when a woman terminates a life she has been nurturing, she cannot anesthetize her soul," she said.

Ultimately, Fergusson and his team said there is little justification for saying that legal abortions should be promoted on the basis of a improving a woman’s mental health.

They also said the study showed no reason to “support strong pro-choice positions that claim unwanted pregnancy terminated by abortion is without mental health risks.”

Related web sites:
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