Monday 1 December 2008

Abortion increases risk of mental health problems says new 30 year study

According to a 30-year study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry abortion increases the risk of mental health disorders, whereas other pregnancy outcomes are not related to an increased risk of mental health problems. The researchers say: " ... abortion was associated with a small increase in the risk of mental disorders; women who had had abortions had rates of mental disorders that were about 30% higher. There were no consistent associations between other pregnancy outcomes and mental health. Estimates of attributable risk indicated that exposure to abortion accounted for 1.5% to 5.5% of the overall rate of mental disorders".