Forced Abortion in America
(updated April 2010)
A report released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows that the suicide rate among teen girls and young women has tripled in the past 25 years, despite an overall drop in suicide rates across the United States.
NIH reports that suicide is now the third leading cause of death among American young people, and the sixth leading cause of death for children between the ages of 5 and 14.
Some mental health experts attribute the increased rate of suicide among girls and young women to broken relationships and promiscuity. Elliot Institute director Dr. David Reardon said that evidence shows that abortion is also contributing to the increase in suicides.
An Elliot Institute study published in Aug. 2003 in the Southern Medical Journal found that women who had abortions were seven times more likely to commit suicide than women who gave birth.
"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," Reardon said.
Reardon said that teens and young women often undergo unwanted abortions because they are being pressured by their boyfriend or parents. Studies have shown that as many as six of ten abortions are unwanted.
In one Elliot Institute survey of women experiencing post-abortion problems, more than 80 percent said they would not have aborted if they had received support from others to have their babies.
"Even if their families might give them the support they need to have their babies, many teens often undergo secret abortions without telling their parents," Reardon said. "Either way, these girls and young women often have no one to turn to when they are in despair over an abortion."
Reardon said that pressure to abort, followed by grief for the loss of the child and profound regret over making a choice they didn't want to make, and feelings of isolation and abandonment by loved ones, has created a "pressure cooker situation for women" in which they feel that suicide is the only way to end their pain.
"It's a recipe for tragedy," he said. "Statistics like these should serve as a wake-up call that after 30 years of abortion on demand, abortion is harming women, not helping them." [Elliot Institute, 3/04]