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Abortion exposes women to higher risk of depression

By Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs Correspondent

WOMEN who have abortions are risking depression and other mental illness and should be told of the dangers, a group of leading doctors says today.

In a letter to The Times, 15 senior obstetricians and psychiatrists say that new evidence has uncovered a clear link between abortion and mental illness in women with no previous history of psychological problems.

Women who have had abortions have twice the level of psychological problems and three times the level of depression as women who have given birth…

Their letter…says that the medical profession can no longer “play down” the links between depression and abortion… and that the risk to mental heath must be weighed up…on ground of a risk to the mother.

Since … 1967 more than 6 million abortions have been performed in Britain…
“We suggest … Obstetricians … Gynaecologists … Psychiatrists revise their guidance and that future abortion notifications clearly distinguish between physical and mental health…
… New Zealand study established for the first time that abortion could trigger depression and other illnesses … with no mental problems in the past.

The research prompted the American Psychology Association to withdraw an official statement which denied a link between abortion and psychological harm.

Kelda: The Times, October 27, 2006

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