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    News From Nevada LIFE

    September 16, 2011

    Abortion Increases Mental Health Risks 81 Percent

    Accounts For Ten Percent Of All Mental Health Problems.

    NVL LogoA new landmark study published this month in the British Journal of Psychiatry by Dr. Priscilla Coleman of Bowling Green University the most published researcher in the field of abortion and mental health, finds that women who have an abortion are eighty-one percent more likely to have mental health problems than those who give birth. It also found that a staggering ten percent of mental health problems are directly attributable to abortion.

    LifeNews.com's Steven Ertelt reports that "Coleman's study is based on an analysis of 22 separate studies which, in total, examine the pregnancy experiences of 877,000 women, with 163,831 women having an abortion."

    The study also reports a 34 percent higher risk of anxiety disorders, 37 percent higher risk of depression, a 110 percent higher risk of alcohol abuse, a 220 percent greater risk of marijuana use and 155 percent greater risk of trying to commit suicide. Women with a history of abortion were 55 percent more likely to have mental health problems than women who did not abort an unplanned pregnancy.

    Dr. Coleman conducted the study "to produce an unbiased analysis of the best available evidence addressing abortion as one risk factor among many others that may increase the likelihood of mental health problems." She also said, "this review offers the largest estimate of mental health risks associated with abortion available in the world literature. The results revealed moderate to high increased risk of mental health problems after abortion. Consistent with evidence-based medicine, this information should be used by health care professionals."

    Coleman also says this study was necessary because "recently published, less systematic reviews of the scientific literature on abortion and mental health, including the American Psychological Association report and one by Johns Hopkins researchers among others, are prone to bias, and as a result actively mislead the public."

    Abortion advocates of course will attack the results by not only attacking Coleman's reputation because she is pro-life, they will also blame the victim by saying that the woman had problems before the abortion and she, not the abortion, is to blame. How convenient. This has the effect of blackmailing women (and men) from talking about their abortion related pain and keeps them from getting help as it sends the clear message that something is wrong with anyone grieving over or experiencing emotional and psychological problems from an abortion.

    But the study undermines this dehumanizing pro-abortion argument because it found that women who aborted an "unplanned" pregnancy were 55 percent more likely to experience mental health problems than those who did not abort an unplanned pregnancy."

    The increased risks should be disclosed immediately as part of informed consent so that women, as long as abortion is legal, can make an informed choice. Abortion advocates' resistance to scientific and medically accurate informed consent and their unwillingness to screen women at risk for mental health problems associated with abortion shows that "choice" is a mere euphemism and that their "counseling" is salesmanship in guise of counseling.

    Whether anyone is pro-life or pro-choice on abortion, the futures of women considering an abortion are too important to be sacrificed for abortion profits.

    Click here to read more from our good friends at Life News.

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