20-April-2001 -- Catholic World News Brief |

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NEW STUDY LINKS SUICIDE, ABORTION

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, (CWNews.com/LSN.ca) - A new study presented at the March 27-31 World Congress on Women's Health in Berlin has shown a link between suicide and abortion.

The study by Dr. David Reardon and his colleagues found that women who had abortions had an above average suicide rate while those who gave birth had a much lower, below average suicide rate.

The study looked at the medical records and death certificates of more than 173,000 low-income women from California and compared women who received Medicare funds for deliveries and those who had state-funded abortions.

From this sample of women, the average annual suicide rate per 100,000 in the sample was 3.0 for women who delivered babies and 7.8 for women who had abortions. The national average suicide rate is 5.2 for women ages 15-44.

Reardon said he expects the study to be published in a medical journal in a few months after peer review.

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