About a year ago, I opined on this blog about my personal realization that the abortion that I had when I was 19 years old had no deleterious affect on my mental health. Despite being told for years through various outlets to the contrary, evidence presented in the New England Journal of Medicine made the case that in fact, a woman carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term was actually more in danger of mental health issues, often due to post partum depression.
On the basis of the best evidence available, the Steering Group concluded that:
Having an unwanted pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of mental health problems. However, the rates of mental health problems for women with an unwanted pregnancy are the same, whether they have an abortion or give birth.
The most reliable predictor of post-abortion mental health problems is having a history of mental health problems. In other words, women who have had mental health problems before the abortion are at greater risk of mental health problems after the abortion.
Some other factors may be associated with increased rates of post-abortion mental health problems, such as a woman having a negative attitude towards abortions in general, being under pressure from her partner to have an abortion, or experiencing other stressful life events.
This would seem to suggest that extra nasty and guilty shaming techniques perpetuated by anti-choicers may in fact contribute to the sorts of mental health problems that they've tried to foist on the abortion procedure itself.
One more time, with feeling: please keep your government and your religion out of my uterus.
(H/T: The Mental Elf)