Studies Confirm One-Third of Women Suffer Depression After Abortion

Michael Cook

"It's important for folks to know that abortion does not cause mental health problems," Debra Mollen, of Texas Woman's University, told the American Psychological Association in 2022. "What's harmful are the stigma surrounding abortion, the lack of knowledge about it, and the lack of access."

A link between abortion and depression is one of the most controversial topics in all of medicine, so it's unlikely that an American consensus will be punctured by one study. But a recent systematic review and meta-analysis in BMC Psychiatry claims that globally the prevalence of post-abortion depression is 34.5% -- more than one in three women.

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