Mental Distress High Among Women After Roe v Wade Overturned

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About The Study: This case control study found that for female individuals, the loss of abortion rights was associated with a 10% increase in prevalence of mental distress relative to the mean over the three months after the Supreme Court of the U.S. decision. Restricting legal abortion access may be associated with disproportionate outcomes among individuals of lower socioeconomic status and in medically underserved areas, who may experience greater economic and mental health burdens of having unwanted pregnancies due to increased travel costs of obtaining abortions.

Authors: Muzhe Yang, Ph.D., of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is the corresponding author.

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