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Facts of Life

BY Jim Cosgrove

November 21-27, 1999 Issue | Posted 11/21/99 at 1:00 PM


The “hardship” of birth is often cited as a reason for abortions. But studies show that abortion is much harder on women than giving birth.

One study tracking suicides in relation to pregnancy showed 5.9 suicides per 100,000 births and 34.7 per 100,000 abortions (Gissler, Mike, Hemminki, Elina and Longvist, “Suicides after pregnancy in Finland"; 1987–94 British Medical Journal Vol. 313 [1996] Pages 1431–1436).

Another study concluded, “Of the aborted women surveyed, 62% described themselves as having become ‘suicidal’ as a direct result of their abortions” (David C. Rear-don, Aborted Women: Silent No More [Chicago, Ill.; Loyola University Press 1987]).