World Health Organization acknowledges mental health risks of abortion

A World Health Organization technical report acknowledged that women with a previous history of mental illness were more likely to suffer negative emotional aftereffects of abortion :

“There is no doubt that the termination of pregnancy may precipitate a serious psycho neurotic or even psychotic reaction in a susceptible individual.

Studies concerned with women who have had legal abortions in hospitals, mainly for psychiatric reasons, show that serious mental disorders arise more often in women with previous emotional problems. These, the very women for whom legal abortion is considered to be justified on psychiatric grounds, are the ones that have the highest risk postabortion psychiatric disorders.”

World Health Organization, Technical Report Series, “Scientific Group on Spontaneous and Induced Abortion” Geneva, 1970, 41 – 42

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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life. She lives in NJ.

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