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BY Jim Cosgrove

February 14-20, 1999 Issue | Posted 2/14/99 at 2:00 PM


Abortion advocates often point to the distress of pregnant mothers as a reason that abortion must be kept a legal option. But studies show that, even by this argument, abortion is not the answer.

• One report cited by Human Life International's Dr. Brian Clowes, PhD. found that women who abort have more psychological problems than women who carry to term, and can be expected to require psychiatric help up to eight times more frequently than women who do not abort.

Badgely, et. Al. Report of the Committee on the Operation of the Abortion Law. Ottawa: Supply and Services, 1977, pp. 313-321.

• Another report stated that 20% of women who abort consider suicide at some time, compared with 12% of women who do not abort.

• One-fourth of women who abort are heavy alcohol users, compared with one-eight of women in general.

Louis Harris & Associates. “The Health of American Women.” The Commonwealth Fund, Table 418 p. 451. 20 April 1993.