There is a variety of social and health issues involved with abortion, but the mental and emotional problems of women who have had abortions are not made public by the media very often.

A study in New Zealand showed that women who have had abortions have twice the rate of major depression as women who were never pregnant and 35 percent higher than women who had chosen to continue the pregnancy. A California study showed that women who had given birth and later had an abortion were 929 percent more likely to use marijuana and 460 percent more likely to use other illicit drugs. A University of Minnesota study showed a tenfold increase in suicides for teens who had aborted during the previous six months.

The emotional costs of abortion seem to be an unreported complication of this destructive process. Source: Family News in Focus from Dr. James Dobson, January 2008, page 4.

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