CORRECTION: I misread the story about the federal court ruling. It did not uphold the the South Dakota law requiring disclosure of psychological risks. Instead, it upheld the law requiring disclosure that a) abortion terminates the life of a human being, and b) women have a right to not have an abortion. I apologize for the inconvenience. The full text of the court ruling can be found here.
A peer-reviewed meta-analysis of earlier studies on the connection between abortion and mental health problems has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It shows that the negative impact of abortion is significant:
“Results indicate quite consistently that abortion is associated with moderate to highly increased risks of psychological problems subsequent to the procedure,” the study says. “Overall, the results revealed that women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81 percent increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10 percent of the incidence of mental health problems were shown to be directly attributable to abortion.”
The peer-reviewed study indicated abortion was linked with a 34 percent chance of anxiety disorders, and 37 percent higher possibility of depression, a more than double risk of alcohol abuse (110 percent), a three times greater risk of marijuana use (220 percent), and 155 percent greater risk of trying to commit suicide.
When compared to unintended pregnancy delivered women had a 55% increased risk of experiencing any mental health problem.
On a related note, a federal court has upheld a South Dakota law requiring disclosure of abortion’s mental health risks. The state’s sole abortion business, a Planned Parenthood, had sued to prevent that disclosure.