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Post-abortion syndrome
Anti-abortion groups now characterise abortion as trauma, damaging two people: the foetus and the woman undergoing the procedure. The claim that abortion damages women psychologically and gives rise to a form of post-traumatic stress disorder is routinely made by anti-abortion groups and has become a standard component of their case against abortion. View News Article (1999-06-23)


Mental distress due to abortion lasts for years
Women who have had an abortion still experience mental distress related to the abortion years after it happened. View News Article (2005-12-12)


Link found between spontaneous abortion and heart disease
For the first time, a specific link has been found between spontaneous abortion and risk of heart disease in later life, according to researchers in this week’s BMJ. View News Article (2003-02-19)


Emergency contraception fails to halt abortions
Easy availability of emergency contraception does not have a notable effect on rates of pregnancy and abortion, according to an editorial in this week's BMJ. View News Article (2006-09-15)


Low Folic Acid Levels Linked with Increased Risk of Early Spontaneous Abortion
STOCKHOLM - Women with low folic acid levels are at a significantly increased risk of having an early, naturally occurring termination of their pregnancy, according to an article in the October 16 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). According to background information in the article, both folate deficiency and folic acid supplements have been reported to increase the... View News Article (2002-10-11)


Pregancies ending in abortion do not increase the risk of developing breast cancer (p 1007)
Results of a major international collaboration investigating the relationship between abortion and breast cancer are published in this week's issue of THE LANCET. Authors of the study conclude that the totality of the worldwide evidence does not suggest any increase in the risk of developing breast cancer for women who have had a pregnancy that ended in miscarriage or induced abortion. The... View News Article (2004-03-24)


It's Not Just a Woman's Issue: UC Sociologist Part of an International Team That's Exploring the Stigma Surrounding Abortion
An international team of researchers says abortion stigma is under researched, under theorized and over emphasized in one category: women who've had abortions. As a result, they're launching a new direction into research that explores the social stigma surrounding abortion. View News Article (2011-06-29)


Depression after unintended pregnancy is linked to abortion
Depression among women after an unintended first pregnancy is linked to whether they abort or carry to term, conclude researchers from the United States, in this week's BMJ. View News Article (2002-01-16)


High-Quality Family Planning Services Stabilise Abortion Rate in Bangladesh (p 1051)
Results of a Bangladesh population study in this week's issue of The Lancet highlight how the provision of high-quality family planning services can decrease population growth without an accompanying increase in rates of abortion. Fertility decline is often associated with an increase in contraception and abortion, but the causal relations are difficult to examine without experimental data.... View News Article (2001-09-26)


Abortions generate $95 million a year for Polish doctors as women use illegal private sector
New analysis published by the UK journal Reproductive Health Matters shows that the criminalisation of abortion in Poland has led to the development of a vast illegal private sector with no controls on price, quality of care or accountability. View News Article (2011-05-18)

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