New research published in a prestigious medical journal has found that abortion increases the risk of serious mental ill-health by 81%.
The meta-analysis by Dr Priscilla Coleman, professor of human development and family studies at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University, was published in the September 2011 edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry.
Dr Coleman analysed 22 peer-reviwed studies published between 1995 and 2009. They covered 877,181 women, of whom 183,831 had undergone an abortion.
The results revealed higher rates of anxiety related disorders (34%), depression (37%), alcohol use/abuse (110%), marijuana use (230%), and suicidal behaviour (155%) in women who had abortions. When these women were compared with women who delivered after an unintended pregnancy, the abortees had an overall increased risk for a mental health problem of 55%.
Dr Coleman also found that almost 10% of all mental health problems in the community are directly attributable to abortions.
Reprinted fromVoxyPoint by permission of Family Voice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000. Voxy Print November 2011, p. 6.