Abortion & Substance Abuse (AJDA,6/04)

More than 20 medical studies have shown that women suffer from abortion, and the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse just published the latest study of post-abortive women. Women who aborted had rates of substance abuse that were approximately twice as high as those of women who chose to give birth to their babies. Science continues to provide evidence that abortion is extremely harmful to the mother as well as fatal to the unborn child. An increasing number of states are passing legislation that requires women be informed of the health risks they face when undergoing an abortion. To see an example of the measures states are passing, check out FRC’s State Model Legislation booklet below. [FRC, 24June04] [Resources: 2003 State Model Legislation: Policy that Strengthens the Family http://www.frc.org/index.cfm?i=BL03G01&f=WU04F18&t=e;  The Health Risks of Abortion...

Abortion or Birth of Unintended Pregnancy Affects Subsequent Substance Abuse (AJDAA,6/04)

A new study published in American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse strengthens the case for a causal connection between abortion and substance abuse. The study found that among women who had unintended first pregnancies, those who had abortions were more likely to report, an average of four years later, more frequent and recent use of alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine… Researchers from the Elliot Institute and Bowling Green State Univ examined a nationally representative sample of women, including 749 women with unintended first pregnancies and 1,144 women who had not yet been pregnant. The effects of age, race, marital status, income, education, and psychological state prior to the pregnancies were statistically removed. [Data was drawn from the widely respected National Longitudinal Study of Youth, administered by the Center for Human Resource Research at Ohio State Univ.]  Women who had abortions had higher subsequent substance use rates than both women who had never been pregnant and women who carried their unintended pregnancies to term. Delivering women were not generally different from their never-pregnant peers, with the exception that they used alcohol less frequently. According to the study’s lead author, David Reardon, Ph.D., this latter finding suggests that giving birth, even to an unwanted child, may produce a protective effect arising from the mothers’ increased sense of responsibility to their babies.  The researchers report that the elevated rates of substance use among women who had abortions might be linked to higher levels of anxiety, depression, and unresolved grief which have been measured in other studies of women with a history of abortion. “It seems most likely that we are looking at...