Summary: Women Who Abort More
Prone to Abuse Future Children
Compared to women with no history of any induced abortion, those
with one prior abortion have a 144% higher risk for child abuse.
Abortion has also been linked with pronounced psychological problems
in at least 10-25% of women.
Acta Paediatrica study explored maternal history
of perinatal loss relative to risk of child physical abuse and
neglect. The study included 118 abusive mothers, 119 neglecting
mothers, and 281 mothers with no known history of child
maltreatment. The study found that compared to women with no history
of perinatal loss, those with one loss (voluntary or involuntary)
had a 99% higher risk for child physical abuse, and women with
multiple losses were 189% more likely to physically abuse their
future children. The study also found that compared to women with no
history of induced abortion, those with one prior abortion had a
144% higher risk for child physical abuse. It also found that
pregnancy loss through miscarriage, stillbirth, and induced abortion
has been linked with pronounced psychological problems in at least
10-25% of women.1
and Increased Risk of Child Abuse: Child Maltreatment and Perinatal
Paediatrica, 2005, pp. 1-6.