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Study connects abortion with higher rates of depression, drug use

May 03, 2010

A new study has found that about half of the women who procure abortions later suffer from depression and/or drug abuse.

The study by scientists from the University of Manitoba covered over 3,000 women, analyzing data from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Drug Abuse in the United States between 2001 and 2003. Published in the Canadian Journal of Psychology, found a high correlation between emotional problems and a history of abortion. The researchers emphasized, however, that their study did not suggest a causal link.


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  • Posted by: voxfem - May. 03, 2010 9:33 PM ET USA

    "Dawkins said women who have experienced violence could have a depressive illness, regardless of whether they've had an abortion during their lifetime. She said any woman who is unsure about whether to carry a pregnancy to term should receive counselling and information about her options before making a firm decision." If Planned Parenthood did even that much (counseling and information) it would be a victory.