NBC: Abortion Does Not Cause Depression, New Study Finds
Assistant Professor Dr. Julia Steinberg’s (Family Science) study on the association between first abortions and first time antidepressant use is the subject of an article by NBC News reporter Maggie Fox.
“The increased risk of depression did not change from the year before to the year after an abortion. And contrary to previous claims that abortion has long-term adverse effects, the risk of depression decreased as more time elapsed after the abortion,” Dr. Steinberg’s team said in the article. “Despite decades of studies showing that abortion does not cause mental illness, misinformation abound.”
The article sites Dr. Steinberg’s work as the “Latest study to show no evidence that abortion causes depression.” The story features the team’s comments that “Policies that cite damage to mental health as a reason to restrict access to abortion are not based in fact.”