There’s no doubt that legalized abortions, in a clean controlled environment, are better for a woman’s physical health than illegal, back alley, abortions. But what about their mental health? I’m all for women’s health, but do the physical health benefits of legalized abortion outweigh the psychological risks? Despite the fact that only about 4% (Fine, Frohwirtw, Dauphinee, Singh, & Moore, 2005) of the 1.1 million abortions per year in the U.S. (Abortion Statistics: United States, 2014) are performed because of concerns of the women’s health, pro-choice supporters claim that the reason abortion should remain legal is because of women’s health. ("Pro-choice and Proud," n.d.) What they don’t tell us is that abortion, whether legal or not, can be seriously detrimental to a woman’s mental health. Substance abuse is, quite possibly, the worst post abortion side-effect, because of the profound effect it has not only on the women, but those around them as well. At least 21 published studies have shown a link between abortion and substance abuse. Rather than dealing
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- Spring '14
- Abortion debate, Reproductive rights