Drug and Alcohol Abuse after Abortion

Martha Shuping
Reproduced with Permission
Rachel Network

In a 2005 review article,1 Dr. Priscilla Coleman, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies of Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio) examined the relationship between induced abortion and risk of substance abuse. She reported that since the early 1970's [when legal abortion became widely available in the United States], substance abuse has increased among girls and women. Studies show that women who have had abortions have a higher rate of drug and alcohol abuse compared to women who have not had abortions. Even more troubling is an increased rate of drug and alcohol abuse during pregnancy. Research also shows the drug and alcohol abuse occurs abuse occurs after abortion rather than before the abortion. The information which follows is drawn from Dr. Coleman's 2005 article and I acknowledge her assistance in preparing this brief summary.


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