Having a Baby May Be Worse for Mental Health Than Having an Abortion

Now How Could THAT Be?

According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, having an abortion does not increase a woman’s risk of having mental health problems, but actually giving birth and keeping a baby does.

The study, conducted by Danish researchers, based on the medical records of 265,550 Danish women who did not have a history of mental health problems before getting pregnant, “further debunks the notion that terminating a pregnancy can trigger mental illness and shows postpartum depression to be much more of a factor.”

The study’s lead researcher concluded, “A woman should know that her risk of having a psychiatric episode is not increased,” after aborting.

Jezebel isn’t surprised (“having an abortion is essentially the end of the event, whereas having a baby is a 24/7 experience, fraught with both physical and emotional stresses”), and the folks at LifeNews are horrified (“there is plenty of evidence suggesting that the negative effects of abortion may not surface for several years”).


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