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Abortion and Substance Abuse

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While this could be true and even sound scientifically correct at the face value, the reality is not the same. The findings do not necessarily point to the fact that the women had abortions, for example. It could be possible that these women were naturally bent on abusing drugs. This essay aims to analyze these findings with a view of bridging such loopholes.

Substance abuse researchers have long concluded that women are more likely to fall into drug abuse due to stress as compared to men. In the US, for instance, drug dependence among women and girls has increased gradually since 1970 when abortion was legalized. According to Frater (2010), the increase among females in abuse of certain drugs has even surpassed the increase in men. This conclusion has been reached based on an extensive analysis of past studies and literature. It should surprise no one, therefore, that various studies have found direct correlations between drug and substance abuse and induced abortion. A more dangerous trend, however, is the increase in substance abuse during pregnancies. This remains a major concern because drug abuse in pregnant women has serious implications on the unborn baby and may result to poor birth outcomes. Actually, researchers on both divides of the abortion debate agree to agree that abortion is one of the most stressful and emotionally difficult events in women’s lives. More than half of women that have aborted admit having increased alcohol consumptions following abortions. A majority of these women attribute this increase in alcohol consumption to the stress related to abortion. Of importance to this analysis is the fact that an insignificant percentage of these women had a prior engagement in substance abuse.
Despite these findings, our judgment should not be clogged by the mere fact that various studies agree on this&nbsp.relationship.&nbsp.