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A report from the National Institutes of Health finds that not only are girls and young women more likely to think about committing suicide, they’re much more likely to follow through. Dr. David Reardon [dir, Elliot Inst] says abortion is partly to blame for the increase: “Given the fact that more than half of all women having abortions are under the age of 25, and more than 20 percent of women having abortions are teenagers, the increased suicide rate among teens and young women is sadly not a surprise”. An Elliot Institute study published in 8/03 Southern Medical Journal found that women who had abortions were 7 times more likely to commit suicide than women who gave birth. [, #3199, 3Mar04]