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Emotional and Mental Health After Abortion

What abortion opponents claim: Having an abortion leads to emotional distress, negative feelings or mental health problems.

What the research shows: Women’s feelings after having an abortion vary, but several studies published in Perspectives...

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Family Planning Perspectives may be accessed through Wiley Online Library (2003–) and JSTOR (1969–2011).

Cover illustrations of Margaret Sanger © Matthew and Eve Levine