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Abortion does not cause mental health problems, says large review

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2902 (Published 05 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2902
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Women who have an elective legal abortion do not experience depression or long term psychological distress afterward, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore, Maryland (Contraception 2008;78:436-50, (doi:10:1016/j.contraception.2008.07.005). They reviewed the best 21 studies published in the past 20 years, involving thousands of women.

    “The highest quality studies had findings that were mostly neutral, suggesting few, if any differences between women who had abortions and their respective comparison groups in terms of mental health sequelae. Conversely, studies with the most flawed methodology found negative mental …

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