Analysis of 22 peer-reviewed studies conclude that…
- Women who have had an abortion experienced an 81% higher risk of mental health problems of various forms when compared with women who had not had an abortion.
- Abortion is associated with an enhanced risk of experiencing mental health problems, with the magnitude of this risk ranging from 55% to 138% compared to women who carried their unwanted pregnancy to term.
- The annual suicide rate for women of reproductive age is 11.3 per 100,000, whereas the rate was only 5.9 per 100,000 in association with women who gave birth.
- The average response of the study respondents reflecting their positive post-abortion emotional reactions (defined as ‘happy’, ‘pleased’ or ‘satisfied’) was 2.24 on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 corresponding to ‘not at all’ and a 5 representing ‘a great deal’. The passage of time did not result in more positive emotions; two years after abortion the average rating dropped by a statistically significantly amount to 2.06.
- When compared with women without an abortion history, women with a prior abortion experienced a 61% increased risk of mood disorders. Abortion was further linked with a 61% increased risk of social phobia, and increased the risk of suicide ideation by 59%.
A study conducted in Denmark over 25 years, and then similar studies conducted in Finland and the U.S. conclude that…
- A single induced abortion increases the risk of maternal death by 45% compared to women with no history of abortion.
- Women who had two abortions were 114% more likely to die during the period examined, and women who had three or more abortions had a 192% increased risk of death.
- Abortion of a first pregnancy was associated with a higher rate of death compared to death rates among women who delivered a first pregnancy.
- Women who abort are approximately four times more likely to die in the following year compared to women who carry their pregnancies to term. In addition, women who carry to term are only half as likely to die as women who were not pregnant.
- The mortality studies in Finland found a three-fold increased risk of suicide in the first year following an abortion compared to the general population and a six-fold higher risk compared to women who gave birth. The highest suicide rate was within two months of the abortion.
- The risk of suicide following a birth was about half that of the general population of women. This finding is consistent with previous studies that have shown that an undisturbed pregnancy actually reduces the risk of suicide.
- After their pregnancies, there were 8.1 suicide attempts per thousand women among those who had abortions, compared to only 1.9 suicide attempts among those who gave birth. The higher rate of suicide attempts subsequent to abortion was particularly evident among women under 30 years of age.
- Women who had borne children had half the risk of suffering a fatal accident compared to the general population. On the other hand, women who aborted were more than twice as likely to die from a fatal accident than women in the general population.
- Nearly 60% stated that they began to lose their temper more easily after their abortions, with 48% saying they also became more violent when angered. Increased tendencies toward anger and violence after abortion were also significantly associated with substance abuse and higher suicidal tendencies.
- The risk of death from natural causes was 60% higher for women who had an induced abortion in the prior year compared to those who carried to term or had a natural pregnancy loss.
- The leading causes of abortion related maternal deaths within a week of the procedure are hemorrhage, infection, embolism, and undiagnosed ectopic pregnancies. Legal abortion is reported as the fifth leading cause of maternal death in the United States.
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