Study: ban on abortion negatively affects women
Topics: Psychology, Research
The University of California found that if a woman terminated her pregnancy, after five years her condition was much better than a woman who wanted to have an abortion but was refused, writes Mail.RU News. These are the conclusions from an analysis of the status of 1,000 women who applied to American abortion clinics in 2008-2010. Of these, 163 women, contrary to their will, eventually gave birth.
For five years after an abortion or childbirth, scientists every six months reported on their condition. For example, scientists were interested in the presence in women of chronic pain in the abdomen, back, joints, chronic headache or migraine, obesity, asthma, high blood pressure, and diabetes. In the final interview, 27% of those who refused to have an abortion, 20% of those who had an abortion in the first trimester, and 21% of those who had an abortion in the second trimester determined their health status as “satisfactory” or “poor”.
Women who reported an unwanted pregnancy had a 29% higher risk of chronic headaches or migraines than those who had an abortion in the first trimester. And the risk of chronic joint pain in those who gave birth was 45% higher than in those who terminated pregnancy in the second trimester.