Another Study Shows Connection between Abortion and Substance Abuse December 4, 2007
An Australian research team has found a close connection between previous abortion and drug and alcohol abuse. The work is added to a growing body of scientific research showing the long-term negative psychological effects of abortion on women. Young women who have abortions are more likely to drink heavily and abuse hard drugs, the study found. The study of 1,122 young women, born at the Mater hospital in the early 1980′s, showed that about one third had an abortion. This one third was three times more likely to have abused methamphetamine, heroin or sniffed glue. They were twice as likely to be binge drinkers or alcoholics, and 1.5 times more likely to suffer depression.  Researcher Kaeleen Dingle, from the University of Queensland, commented, “This is a very interesting but also very controversial finding and it still remains to be seen what exactly the connection is.” “It might be that women who have abortions are also more likely to live a riskier and more abusive lifestyle but there’s also some evidence to suggest the procedure itself could put women on that path.”

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