By WeNews Staff
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Teens who have had an abortion are no more likely to become depressed or have low self-esteem than their peers whose pregnancies don’t end in abortion, reported a press release by the Guttmacher Institute Sept. 24. The Oregon State University study found that having experienced low self-esteem and depression before having an abortion were the factors most closely linked to experiencing these issues again. A 2008 study by the American Psychological Association found no evidence of mental health problems in adult women following abortion, but because of a scarcity of evidence on teens, no conclusions were drawn.
Thirty-four states currently require women to receive counseling before an abortion is performed; seven of these states require women be warned of possible negative psychological consequences resulting from the procedure. The study suggests that, “laws mandating that women considering abortion be advised of its psychological risks may jeopardize women’s health by adding unnecessary anxiety and undermining women’s right to informed consent.”