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August 7, 2019

Among Women Seeking Abortion, Continuing Pregnancy Linked to Worse Physical Health

JAMA. 2019;322(8):714-715. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.10313

Among women with unwanted pregnancies, those who experienced childbirth reported worse overall health 5 years later than those who underwent an abortion, according to a recent study in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Antiabortion groups and individuals argue that abortion harms women.

“I think the public narrative is often that abortion is dangerous to women and that includes their overall physical and mental health,” said coauthor Lauren Ralph, PhD, MPH, an epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health.

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