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Women More Likely to Have Mental Health Problems After Abortion

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Beijing, China (LifeNews/CFAM) — A new study from China shows that women who have experienced induced abortion have omnipresent mental health problems during a subsequent pregnancy. It also confirms that adverse mental health effects of induced abortion are far more severe than those of miscarriage and they persist longer.

The most recent study published in the Bulletin of Clinical Psychopharmacology by Z. Huang and colleagues from the Anhui Medical College in China finds that women who had an induced abortion a year or more prior to the pregnancy were 49% more likely to experience depression and 114% more likely to suffer from anxiety in the first trimester of subsequent pregnancy compared to women with no abortion history.

Women who had an induced abortion less than one year prior to the pregnancy experienced a 97% increased risk of anxiety in the first trimester and 64% greater risk of depression in the second trimester. Women who experienced spontaneous abortion one year or more before the pregnancy, however, did not face greater risk of anxiety or depression.

The Chinese study looks at 6,887 women, more than 40% of whom had experienced at least one induced abortion. Maternal education, income, place of residence and body mass index (BMI) scores are controlled for in order to identify the independent effect of abortion on mental health problems during subsequent pregnancy.

In China, abortion is legal and available for women as a government service. The authors argue that abortion plays an imperative role in achieving China’s goals of population stability through the one-child policy.

In rural areas, a second child is sometimes allowed after five years, especially if the first-born is a girl. In urban areas, couples often choose to terminate the first pregnancy, knowing they are only allowed one child. The densely populated Anhui province, where the study was conducted, is a case in point. Partly as a result of widespread abortion, it also has one of the highest gender imbalance ratios in China: more than 130 boys for 100 girls according to a British Medical Journal 2009 studyon “China’s Excess Males, Sex Selective Abortion, and One Child Policy.” The natural ratio is 103 to 105 boys per 100 girls.

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  1. Johnny Freedom

    April 14th, 2012

    Maybe it’s partly because women who go through with an abortion are less stable to start with?

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  2. cracker

    April 14th, 2012

    My brothers wife had two children and she had Postpartum depression So this points to the opposite being true.

    Either that or depression can come at anytime.

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  3. shootersgrandma

    April 14th, 2012

    A study like this doesn’t surprise me in a country where a woman’s choice of birth is supressed, as opposed to the U.S. where a woman’s choice of abortion is encouraged – beginning with membership in Girl Scouts. cracker says his sister-in-law had emotional issues with birthing. Aside from hormones, it’s a matter of being trained up from American girlhood to DISLIKE motherhood and the issues that would follow. There’s perversion in every society where the government has too much influence.

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  4. Cardigan

    April 15th, 2012

    I don’t think Postpartum is quite the same, though. It isn’t brought on a by a person’s guilt.
    I could be wrong, but I’ve always read it was a hormonal problem that can be fixed.

    This particular study focuses on China because of the child restrictions. Here, it’s all about feelings of guilt, it seems. It has got to weigh heavy on a person’s conscious to abort a healthy baby just because it’s a girl. It must be overwhelming to the mother when she thinks maybe her own mother could have or wanted to abort her, too.

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  5. Plain Jane

    April 15th, 2012

    “Women More Likely to Have Mental Health Problems After Abortion” – no kidding.

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  6. Frosteetoes

    April 15th, 2012

    Here’s the thing about elective abortions. From the moment of conception the body is preparing itself to set up the environment for a gestating baby and after birth. The whole endocrine system changes, the uterus thickens, the breast are preparing to make milk, etc, this is happening as it should but when the healthy baby inside is ripped out from this environment these bodily changes cease but don’t go back to normal as they would with a full term pregnancy. Even a miscarriage the body naturally withdrawals recognizing that nothing is feeding off of the body system that was rearranging for their development. There are higher breast cancer rates among women who abort than women who don’t because the breast function for a pregnancy and milk production has been abruptly disrupted.

    Did I make sense with my non-medical understanding of what happens to a woman’s body when she aborts?

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  7. Maudie N Mandeville

    April 15th, 2012

    Abortion: The Left’s real War on Women. “…gender imbalance ratios in China: more than 130 boys for 100 girls according to a British Medical Journal 2009 studyon “China’s Excess Males, Sex Selective Abortion, and One Child Policy.”

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  9. Annie

    April 15th, 2012

    @There are higher breast cancer rates among women who abort than women who don’t …

    To my knowledge the increased risk for breast cancer remains unsupported.

    The Oklahoma physician/legislator who offered this data years ago failed to cite his sources. When contacted, his office responded that “he is a respected physician.”

    The physician’s unsupported statement caused undue distress in elderly breast cancer patients for whom association with abortion was unthinkable.

    That said, why a woman would subject themselves to an invasive procedure when bc is free and effective is irrational.

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  10. Maudie N Mandeville

    April 15th, 2012

    Hey Annie. bc is not free. It’s $1000/mo at Georgetown U. And I don’t know what you’re reading, but here’s just one of hundreds of ‘unsupported’ support re: higher breast cancer rates after abortion.

    Pull quotes: It is based on his 1996 meta-analysis; “During the last 21 months, four epidemiological studies and one review reported an ABC link. One study included National Cancer Institute branch chief Louise Brinton as co-author. We count nearly 50 published epidemiological studies since 1957 reporting a link. Biological and experimental studies also support it.”

    “The press release noted that in 2002, Angela Lanfranchi, MD testified under oath in a California lawsuit against Planned Parenthood that she had private conversations with leading experts who agreed abortion raises breast cancer risk, but they refused to discuss it publicly, saying it was “too political.”


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  11. Frosteetoes

    April 15th, 2012

    Thanks Maude! :)

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  12. berlet98

    April 15th, 2012

    That explains Wasserman-Schultz and her ilk.

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