New Zealand researchers link abortion to higher rates of mental illness

Story from Fairfax Media. (H/T Beretta Blog)

Excerpt:

New Zealand researchers who examined the medical history of more than 500 women have concluded abortion “leads to significant distress in some”.

Women reporting adverse reactions were up to 80 percent more likely than women not exposed to abortion to have mental health problems, the Otago University study found.

That finding has raised questions about justifying abortions on the basis of mental health.

The study, reported in the British Journal of Psychiatry, found the risk of mental illness was “proportional to the degree of distress” associated with the abortion.

[…]More than 85 percent of women reported a least one negative emotional reaction, including sorrow, sadness, guilt, regret, grief and disappointment.

[…]The study found that women who reported at least one negative reaction had rates of mental health problems “approximately 1.4 to 1.8 times higher than women not exposed to abortion”.

The report concluded: “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.

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5 thoughts on “New Zealand researchers link abortion to higher rates of mental illness”

  1. This doesn’t surprise me. Though I haven’t conducted a formal study, all the women I’ve known who had abortions have deep feelings of anguish because of it. This is especially true if they later give birth to children.

    However, there is no way to tell if their mental anguish would have been worse if they carried the baby to term.

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  2. Pro-abortionists like to think pro-lifers are anti women for not letting them “choose what to do with their body.” But this fails on two counts. One, because abortion actually severely harms women emotionally, psychologically and physically, and pro-lifers are trying to defend women from this trauma. And secondly because 50% of babies are females, and we are trying to save these girls’ lives. Both ways pro-lifers are out for the interest of women.

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    1. Yes. AND, did you know that more female babies are aborted worldwide than male babies? Sex-selective abortion (which is merely early female infanticide) is common in countries where women are valued less than men. In particular, China is one place where it’s common, because of the 1 child policy, combined with a view of female children as a burden rather than a gift. Korea, Taiwan and India are other countries where this happens – again due to a low view of the value of women.

      This article may interest you: http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/04/06/choosing_to_eliminate_unwanted_daughters/

      Sex-selective abortion is explicitly a weapon of extreme oppression of women. Rights for pre-born women, I say!

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        1. *blushes* Thank you kindly. :)

          I shall have to think about it – topic and all that. Also, you provide me with quite enough material to simply comment on. :D

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