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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, October 29, 2005

New Research Says Abortion Does Not Raise Depression Risk

New research challenges the idea that having an abortion raises a woman’s long-term risk of depression. The research involved data from an ongoing study of 1,247 women who aborted or delivered an unwanted first pregnancy between 1970 and 1992 and were between the ages of 14 and 21 at recruitment in 1979. The researchers conclude that, “under the present conditions of legal access to abortion, there is no credible evidence that choosing to terminate an unwanted first pregnancy puts women at higher risk of subsequent depression than does choosing to deliver an unwanted first pregnancy.” The one exception was women who gave birth prior to 1980, when they were still teenagers. Source. Salynn Boyles,  For additional details, please click here (last visited October 29, 2005, reo).

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