Do Abortions Damage Women’s Mental Health?

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Many conservatives believe abortions mentally destroy the women who have them. All research shows they couldn’t be more wrong. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“…But a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests that women who have abortions are not at greater risk of experiencing depression or anxiety. In fact, researchers found that — wait for it, wait for it — it is denying women abortions that is associated with poor mental health outcomes.

“What we find is that denying women abortion has negative consequences to their mental health and well-being, and we find no evidence of emerging mental health problems after an abortion,” said lead author Antonia Biggs, a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco research group Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health.

Many studies have already reported finding no evidence of negative abortion-related mental health effects. When the American Psychological Association reviewed the relevant research, it concluded that there was “no credible evidence that a single elective abortion of an unwanted pregnancy in and of itself causes mental health problems for adult women.” But the current study improves upon the methodology of that past research, according to Biggs, and provides the best evidence yet that abortion doesn’t cause mental harm.

The researchers recruited and interviewed 956 women from 30 different abortion clinics in 21 U.S. states. They were first interviewed a week after seeking out an abortion, and then semi-annually for five years. The researchers primarily focused on comparing two different groups: women who had an abortion just short of the clinic’s gestational age limit and women who were denied an abortion because they were just past the clinic’s gestational age limit.”*

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