Otago study links abortion with mental illness

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A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Otago has found that there exists a demonstrable connection between having an abortion and later suffering some sort of mental illness.

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.

“Currently there is no evidence to support the assumptions underlying this practice, and the findings of the present study suggest that abortion may, in fact, increase mental health risks among those women who find seeking and obtaining an abortion a distressing experience.”

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{ 5 comments… add one }
  • semmie November 4, 2009, 5:00 am

    “among those women who find seeking and obtaining an abortion a distressing experience”…

    uhm. are there women who DON’T find it distressing?

    thanks for posting this, glenn.

  • Jared November 5, 2009, 2:12 pm

    This reminds me of points made by Jay Budziszewski here:


  • Owen Bell August 23, 2010, 5:35 am

    we should ban all forms of abortion because it is not right to kill an unborn child*-:

  • Pat August 24, 2010, 12:45 am

    Sorry Owen but it can be right to kill an unborn child.

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