New Zealand study links abortion and depression

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A New Zealand study of 500 women who had abortions shows that the procedure puts them at increased risk of anxiety and depression. The study, conducted by the University of Otago, was reported in the British Journal of Psychiatry.

According to London's Telegraph newspaper, researchers discovered that abortion "leads to significant distress in some" and that those reporting adverse reactions were up to 80 percent more likely to have mental health problems.

Janet Morana, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, said the discovery is the latest in a long line of scientific reports that reach the same conclusion.

"Science has for years been supporting what we already know from the public testimonies and the private devastation of post-abortive women," Morana said.

"This study is one more rock on a mountain of evidence that when a woman terminates a life she has been nurturing, she cannot anesthetize her soul."

Ministry co-founder Georgette Forney agreed saying the study, "in its own words calls into question whether abortions can be justified for mental health reasons.

"It's ironic that this study comes out as leaders in Congress try to expand access to abortion in the name of health care. In effect, pro-abortion politicians are seeking to cover a procedure that will only lead to more costly mental health care services down the road."

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