Denying Abortion Does Harm Women’s Mental Health

Posted: Dec 17 2016, 5:27am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 

Denying Abortion Does Harm Women’s Mental Health
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  • Denial of the Right to an Abortion may harm the Pregnant Woman’s Psyche
 

Apparently the denial of the right to an abortion may harm the pregnant woman’s psyche more than going through the harrowing procedure.

In 1987, Ronald Reagan told the surgeon general of the United States to issue a report on the psychological effects of abortion on women. The surgeon general was against abortion himself and yet he prepared the report in the course of things in an unbiased and non-partisan manner.

His final conclusion was that it was too early to say what the mental effects would be since not enough data was forthcoming in such matters. 

Today, 30 years later, researchers have finished the task. Since the past half a decade or so, researchers have tracked 1000 females who sought abortions in over 21 states, according to the DailyBeast.

They were divided into two groups: one of them was given access to the facility while the other one was denied due to certain reasons.

The denied ones were further divided on the basis of those who managed to access abortion and those who miscarried as well as those who gave births. Every six months or so, the researchers checked up on the females’ mental health. 

What was found would shock or at least surprise anyone. Abortion does not affect women’s mental health. However, denying them the right to an abortion does have a negative impact on their psyches (at least in the short term).

Those who got the abortions fair and square were in no risk of contracting depression, anxiety or low self-worth. However, those who were not allowed to have an abortion showed signs of anxiety and low self-esteem.

The public’s expectations turned out to be a myth. They were based on common sense and hence paradoxically wrong in the ultimate analysis.

Those who received abortions had no mental issues that cropped up afterwards. Instead there was most probably an improvement instead of a decline in mental health.  

This study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, is the best and most comprehensive of its kind until now. Those who were turned away from undergoing the procedure happened to find their life satisfaction going down for a brief period after the event.

This was most likely a reaction to being rebuffed. The reasons for wanting an abortion ranged from pecuniary problems to partner issues and already having one too many kids.

Those turned away had to make other arrangements which in itself was a stressful thing. Yet in the long run, both groups, those who got abortions and those who didn’t were not any different from each other.

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