Summary: Abortion and Higher Anxiety Disorder Rates
Among women with unintended pregnancies, those who have aborted tend
to have higher rates of subsequent generalized anxiety than those
who carried to term.
According to a study
published by the Journal of Anxiety Disorders, there may be a
relationship between abortion and generalized anxiety disorder
(GAD). The 1995 National Survey of Family Growth V was used to
analyze the risk of generalized anxiety following unintended
pregnancies ending in childbirth or abortion. The study found that
among all women with unintended pregnancies, those who have aborted
tended to have higher rates of subsequent generalized anxiety than
those women who carried their children to term.1
Anxiety Following Unintended Pregnancies Resolved Through Childbirth
and Abortion: A Cohort Study of the 1995 National Survey of Family
Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 2005, 19:137-142.