Health

Study reveals that abortion does not cause depression

A young woman holds a sign demanding a woman's right to abortion at a demonstration to protest the closing of a Madison abortion clinic in Madison, Wis., April 20, 1971. The Midwest Medical Center was closed after authorities said more than 900 abortions had been performed at the facility in violation of the state's abortion laws. The protest is held at the Dade County building. (AP Photo)

It has been reported by the researchers that abortions do not cause depression although women who have depression and anxiety might be more likely to have abortions. According to the latest study, it has been stated that there is no evidence that abortion causes depression in women. Policies that cite damage to the metal health as a reason to restrict the access to abortion are not based in fact, the researchers wrote in the journal of the American medical association’s JAMA psychiatry.

The team leader, Dr. Julia Steinberg of the family science at the university of Maryland department was reported saying that the repercussions of abortion for mental health have been used to justify the state policies that limit access to abortion in the United States. It was a difficult thing to study because none of the researchers could ethically randomly assign pregnant women to either have an abortion or not have one. The next best thing is to study the large group of women out of which some will get pregnant and some not, and some who had abortions and others who did not.

The researchers made use of the Denmark’s large national database covering approximately 400, 000 women who were born after 1980. Julia’s team compared women who filled the prescriptions to the ones who did not fill the prescriptions. The Danish database also carries details of abortions something that might less accurately show up in the U.S. data where the abortions may or may not be recorded.

The researchers made a statement saying that compared with women who didn’t have an abortion; those who had an abortion had a higher rate of anti-depressant use. A close look at the data, however, suggests that the higher rates of anti-depressant usage had less to do with having an abortion than with other risk factors for depression among the women who had an abortion.

They were also reported saying that the increased risk of depression did not change from the year before to the year after an abortion. And contrary to the previous claims that abortion has long-term adverse effects, the risk of depression decreased as more time elapsed after the abortion. Women who had babies came up with a lower rate of antidepressant use because of a reluctance to take any medications while breastfeeding and caring for the new born. The rates of antidepressant use went up high among the women who had children among the ones who did not.

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