A panel of the American Psychological Association reports today that there is no evidence that a single abortion causes mental health issues. In fact, chairwoman of the panel Brenda Major, released the following statement:
“The best scientific evidence published indicates that among adult women who have an unplanned pregnancy, the relative risk of mental health problems is no greater if they have a single elective, first-trimester abortion or deliver that pregnancy.”The study explains that although women who choose to abort an unwanted pregnancy may experience feelings of grief and loss, having an abortion does not cause mental illness – a finding that goes against what many opponents to abortion try to convince women. The report is the result of over two years of research that looked at over 150 studies and ended up with results identical to a similar review by the American Psychological Association in 1990.
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