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Abortion does not increase mental health problems in women, shows review

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8045 (Published 09 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8045

Re: Abortion does not increase mental health problems in women, shows review

This report is in stark contrast to that published by Coleman in the British Journal of Psychiatry Sept 2011. Colemans report was the largest quantitative estimate of mental health risks associated with abortion available in the world literature (quote).The results revealed a moderate to highly increased risk of mental health problems after abortion. This is certainly robust evidence and calls into question the claims of your news piece and the data it is based on.

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 December 2011
Eugene G Breen
Psychiatrist
Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin.
62/63 Eccles St, Dublin 7, Ireland.