Abortions are not empowering women or impacting them in a positive way, a new study found.
The study, published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, interviewed nearly 1,000 post-abortive women about how their abortion affected their lives. Researchers learned that many women (74 percent) felt pressured or coerced to abort their unborn babies, while 58 percent said they had abortions to make other people happy.
When asked what ways the abortion positively impacted their life, 53 percent of women either said “none” or did not provide a response.
Dr. Jane Orient, managing editor of the journal, told OneNewsNow that most of the women sought some sort of counseling after their abortions.
“Before the pregnancy that led to an abortion, only a very small number of women had had any type of psychiatric or psychological care or counseling – and afterwards the great majority of them had to have some sort of counseling for things that were related to their emotional reactions,” Orient said.
The researchers also found that the abortion was not a choice for many of the women.
“Really only a fairly small number of them, maybe 20 percent, said that they did not feel any pressure whatsoever to abort, which suggests that the vast majority of women were under pressure from somebody to do something that they didn’t really want to do. So they gave consent in a sense, but it was not something they really wanted,” Orient said.
The study confirms previous research about women who have had abortions. As LifeNews previously reported, another study found that 64 percent of post-abortive women say they felt pressure to have an abortion.
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Numerous studies also have linked abortion to increased risks of psychological issues, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicide. A 2011 study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, for example, found an 81 percent increased risk of mental health problems among women who had abortions, compared to women who give birth.
Even more evidence to support the increased risk of mental health problems after an abortion has been published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, the Bulletin of Clinical Psychopharmacology, the Journal of Pregnancy and other medical journals. These studies came from researchers in Great Britain, Norway, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, the U.S., China and elsewhere.