There’s no denying it: Women who abort their first pregnancies are more likely to require mental health treatment—compared to those who gave birth to a living child.
The determination comes from a recent peer-reviewed research study using data from Medicaid claims. A team of experts at the Charlotte Lozier Institute analyzed the information and arrived at the undebatable conclusion.
Researchers procured the data more than 4,800 Medicaid-enrolled women across 17 years and seven states where taxpayer monies were used to fund the abortions.
“Wait,” you may be muttering right now. “What if these women had a prior history of mental health struggles? Certainly, that would impact the findings!”
These women didn’t have prior histories of mental health struggles. Their problems materialized after terminating their pregnancies.
The study was published in the International Journal of Women’s Health and is the first to take a full snapshot of mental health services on an outpatient versus inpatient basis related to abortion.
Let’s zoom in on the findings.
For women who terminated their first pregnancy (versus those who gave birth), mental health treatments ballooned in the following categories:
● Outpatient visits – 3.4 times more likely to increase
● Inpatient hospital admissions – 5.7 times more likely to increase
● Days of hospital stay – 19.6 times more likely to increase
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Don’t think the findings in this research are isolated.
According to the study’s lead author James Studnicki, Sc.D., a veteran public health scientist and CLI’s vice president and director of Data Analytics, research studies from Finland, Italy, China, Germany, Korea and the United States have all revealed a connection between abortion and list of mental health struggles including anxiety, depression, and suicide.
An earlier study in the series revealed that women who terminated their first had:
● more pregnancies
● more miscarriages
● more than four times as many abortions
● only half as many live births
….as women whose first pregnancy ended in a live birth.
And there’s a twist that makes this even more heartbreaking.
The Charlotte Lozier Institute has conducted studies revealing a majority of women who have aborted their children reported high levels of pressure to terminate their pregnancies, describing their abortions as unwanted, coerced or inconsistent with their own values and preferences.
Which, in turn, reveals another factor that would presumably contribute to why the mental health of women who abort their children would be crumbling.
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