Possible Adverse Effects

Suicide Rate Higher After Abortion (MN, 1986; Medi-Cal,1989; Elliot,1993)

A new Elliot Institute study has found women who have had abortions are more likely to commit suicide than those who have given birth.

The study examined Medi-Cal records for 173,000+ low-income CA women who had abortions or gave birth in 1989. 

Linking these records to death certificates, researchers found that women who had state-funded abortions were 2.6 times more likely to die of suicide than women who delivered their babies.

The average annual suicide rate per 100,000 women was 3.0 for delivering women, compared to 7.8 for aborting women.

The national average suicide rate for women between the ages of 15 – 44 is 5.2 per 100,000.

These CA aborted women have a higher suicide rate than women in general, while giving birth reduced women’s suicide risk.

[www.afterabortion.org; The Post-Abortion Review, Apr-Jun 2001; Family Resources Ctr News, Oct-Nov01]

SUICIDE ATTEMPTS ASSOCIATED WITH INDUCED ABORTION – One of the best kept secrets in the abortion industry is the significant increase in suicide in the one year following the abortion. 

According to a 1986 study by researchers at the University of Minnesota, a teenage girl is 10 times more likely to attempt suicide if she has had an abortion in the last six months than is a comparable teenage girl who has not had an abortion.  

Below is a synopsis of the article:

Teens are generally at a higher risk for both suicide and abortion.  In a survey of teenaged girls, researchers at U of MN found that the rate of attempted suicide in the six months prior to the study increased 10 fold-from 0.4% for girls who had not aborted to 4% for teens who had aborted in the previous six months.
Reference:  Garfinkle, B.,  et. al., "Stress, Depression, and Suicide:  A study of  Adolescents in Minnesota"  (Minneapolis: Univ Minnesota Extension Service, 1986)

Meta Uchtman, Director of Cincinnati chapter of Suiciders Anonymous, reported that in a 35 month period her group worked with 4000 women, of whom 1800 or more had abortions. Of those who had abortions, 1400 were between the ages of 15 and 24, the age group with the fastest growing suicide rate in the country.

Suicidal impulses may result from years of repression, depression, and lost self-esteem.

A 1987 study of women who suffered from post-abortion trauma found that 60% had experienced suicidal ideation, 28% had attempted suicide, and 18% had attempted suicide more than once, often several years after the event.

[Reardon, "A Survey of Psychological Reactions," Springfield IL, Elliot Institute, 1987; from "The Abortion/Suicide Connection", The Post-Abortion Review, vol.1 no.2, Summer 1993]