asks a lengthy New York Times magazine article. The author lists the studies that say there isn't, interviews the scholars who say there isn't. But she evidently is unaware of any article published last year that shows a significant risk of mental health problems associated with abortion. The study is "Abortion in Young Women and Subsequent Mental Health," by David Fergusson, L. John Horwood and Elizabeth M. Ridder, and published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2006; 47 (1) 16-24.
This study was widely discussed when it came out last summer. They control for previous mental health problems, as well as things like early sexual initiation and drug use. They also test the hypothesis that more depressed women are more likely to have abortions. Even controlling for these possible confounding factors, they find that women who were not pregnant, or who carried a pregnancy to term, had overall rate of mental disorders between 58% and 67% of the mental health problems experienced by women who had abortions.
This study showed that women who didn't get pregnant and women who had a baby had similar kinds and levels of mental health problems, and that both these groups had fewer mental disorders than women who terminated a pregnancy. Pregnant women who carried to term had 35% of the level of depression, 24% of the level of suicidal fantasies and 15% of the level of illicit drug dependence than did women who terminated pregnancies.
I wonder why the New York Times reporter didn't find this study?