The study, carried out by the Anhui Medical College and recently published in the Bulletin of Clinical Psychopharmacology, studied 6,887 pregnant women in 2008 and 2009. About half had experienced a previous abortion, and most of these were induced rather than spontaneous.
Titled, “The Impact of Prior Abortion on Anxiety and Depression Symptoms During a Subsequent Pregnancy: Data From a Population-Based Cohort Study in China,” the study found that pregnant women who had undergone an induced abortion of a previous pregnancy a year or more before their current pregnancy were 49% more likely to experience depression and 114% more likely to experience anxiety during their first trimester.
Study warns of risks
“Prior abortion poses serious mental health risks for women, which further increase the risk of obstetric complications, pregnancy symptoms, and adverse pregnant outcomes,” the study warned. The research was done to compare the effects of induced abortion with spontaneous abortion.
An expert on the mental health effects of abortion, Dr. Priscilla Coleman, professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, commented on the website WECARE about the effects of stress on the unborn child, saying that “all the major body structures are formed during the 1st trimester and stress hormones may potentially harm the developing fetus.”
Abortion is legal throughout pregnancy in China, and about 7.2 million abortions are performed each year. China has a one-child policy in the cities, and two children are sometimes allowed in rural areas.
Women in La Grange, La Grange Park, Brookfield, Lyons, Countryside, Western Springs, Westchester, Hinsdale, Berwyn and nearby cities who think they might be pregnant and who are considering an abortion should call Women’s Care Center of La Grange, at 708-352-5000 for a free pregnancy test and more information. The center is located at 47 S. 6th Ave., La Grange, IL. Or go to http://www.pregnancychoices4me.org
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