Does Abortion trigger Depression?

Posted on June 8, 2018

Many policies in the US use "depression" as a reason to discourage abortion, when abortion hardly results in depression. Based on a study done on 400,000 women that was published in JAMA Psychiatry, abortion does not increase the risk of depression in the woman. Findings from the study revealed that there was no significant difference in the risk of depression in women pre- and post-abortion.

Although the women who went through abortion had a higher risk of antidepressant use, this risk was possibly due to to other factors such as preexisting mental health issues and negative life experiences.

With these findings, new anti-abortion policies can be modified to correct the misconception that abortion triggers depression.

Category(s):Abortion, Caregiver Issues / Stress, Depression, Pregnancy & Birthing

Source material from Science Daily

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