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“Something inside died” – abortion and mental illness quantified

A thick-skinned social scientist has published the most comprehensive meta-anlysis of research on the link between abortion and mental illness. Read a remarkable interview with Dr Priscilla Coleman at Mercatornet HERE. Read her original article in the British Journal of Psychiatry HERE. Dr Coleman has been attacked by those who cannot face the possibility, so obvious to any observer, that abortion devastates the inner life of a woman, but she stands on her facts. She summarises:

These are the basic results and what should women know:

Overall, women with an abortion history experience an 81% increased risk for mental health problems. The results showed that the level of increased risk associated with abortion varies from 34% to 230% depending on the nature of the outcome. Separate effects were calculated based on the type of mental health outcome with the results revealing the following: the increased risk for anxiety disorders was 34%; for depression it was 37%; for alcohol use/abuse it was 110%, for marijuana use/abuse it was 220%, and for suicide behaviors it was 155%.

When compared to unintended pregnancy delivered, women who terminated had a 55% increased risk of experiencing any mental health problem.

Finally, nearly 10% of the incidence of all mental health problems was shown to be directly attributable to abortion.

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