Friday, December 5, 2008

Abortion Increases Depression Risk

Women who have an abortion face a 30 per cent increase in the risk of developing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, according to a new study from the University of Otago, Christchurch.

The study found that women who have had an
abortion are more likely to have mental health
problems than those that kept their child.

The conditions most associated with abortion included anxiety disorders and substance use. In contrast, none of the other pregnancy outcomes was consistently related to significantly increased risks of mental health problems.

However the research findings have implications for the legal status of abortion in New Zealand and the UK where over 90 per cent of terminations are authorised on the grounds that proceeding with the pregnancy will pose a serious threat to the woman's mental health. This study backs up other overseas research which concludes that women who have had an abortion are more likely to have mental health problems than those that kept their child.

Professor David Fergusson, John Horwood and Dr Joseph Boden, studied the pregnancy and mental health history of over 500 women. The women have taken part in the long-running Christchurch Health and Development Study from birth to the age of 30.

For more information go to ScienceAlert


thepomegranateapple said...

thank you so much for this post. we need more people discussing this issue.

when i was highschool, teachers just told me it was too divisive, the supreme court had already decided: there was no more discussion.

the older i get, the more i see this isn't true.

so many people call for the stop in Iraq as a sin against our country. But less people die over there in total than we kill every year in our nation. and we're killing babies.


MrsWaltz said...

Oddly, a Johns Hopkins study shows quite the opposite. News write-up found here:

Secular Heretic said...

An interesting point you make MrsWaltz.
Other researchers claim that the Hopkins has hand picked his studies to make it say what he wants.

According to the article he ignored 3 recent studies on the topic.

MrsWaltz said...

Johns Hopkins is a University, not a person. Additionally, that sword cuts both ways: if it can be said of the Hopkins researchers that they have a vested interest, politically, in forcing their "findings" then surely, the same can be said of the Lifesite team's motivation in saying that the JHU study is invalid.