A Letterkenny-based priest has claimed that abortion increases suicide risk among women who have had a
Father Eamonn McLaughlin said that every woman he knows who had an abortion has “seriously contemplated or tried to take their own life” as a result of an abortion.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s “Walk for Life”, he said: “Of all the women that I have met who have had an abortion, every single one of them has seriously contemplated or tried to take their own life as a result of their abortion and it’s later rather than earlier.”
Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA), Chief Executive Officer Niall Behan said: “Highest quality and most methodologically sound international evidence shows that abortion does not increases risk of mental health problems. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2011 rates of mental health problems for women with an unwanted pregnancy are the same whether women had an abortion or gave birth; mental health outcomes from induced abortion or childbirth are associated with a woman’s mental health beforehand.”