Women who have abortions are more likely to suffer mental health issues when compared to women who have carried their pregnancies to term, a report published by the British Journal of Psychiatry shows.

The report crunches the data of 22 past studies, from between 1995 and 2009, which looked at the psychological effects of abortion. The studies collectively included 36 measures of effect and 877,181 participants (163,831 experienced an abortion). The results revealed a moderate to highly increased risk of mental health problems after abortion.

Women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10% of the incidence of mental health problems was shown to be attributable to abortion…

The strongest effects were observed when women who had had an abortion were compared with women who had carried to term and when the outcomes measured related to substance use and suicidal behavior.

“Based on data extracted from 22 studies, the results of this meta-analytic review of the abortion and mental health literature indicate quite consistently that abortion is associated with moderate to highly increased risks of psychological problems subsequent to the procedure,” reads the report.

Though the report was published in hard copy in 2011, it was not published online until January 2018.

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