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From the Leader in Post-Abortion Research
Vol. 9, No. 11 -- August 27, 2010


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Later Abortions More Likely
to Be Unwanted, Are Linked to Psychological Problems

New Study First to Examine Impact of
Late-Term Abortion on Women's Mental Health


A study of women who had abortions has found that women undergoing later abortions face increased psychological risks, are more likely to be ambivalent about having an abortion and are more likely to need counseling and support.


The results came from an online survey of 374 women who answered a detailed questionnaire about the circumstances leading to their abortions, their previous mental health history and emotional state following abortion. The small study is the first to compare the experiences of women having early abortions compared to women having later abortions (in the second or third trimester).


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Abuse of Parental Notification Laws
Puts Teens At Risk

Planned Parenthood Response to Newly Passed Alaska Law Points to Problems With "Judicial Bypass"


The passage of a parental notification law in Alaska and plans by abortion advocates to skirt the law highlight the risks of abortion--including unwanted abortions and abortions used to cover up sexual abuse--for teens.


Alaska voters approved a law on Aug. 24 requiring abortions businesses to notify parents 48 hours before performing an abortion on a minor. In response, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) launched a web page informing teens that they can have an abortion without notifying their parents if they talk to a judge, a provision known as judicial bypass.


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