State-Funded Abortions Versus Deliveries: A Comparison of Outpatient Mental Health Claims Over 4 Years

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who is now at Family and Consumer Sciences, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403

Abstract

In this record-based study, rates of 1st-time outpatient mental health treatment for 4 years following an abortion or a birth among women receiving medical assistance through the state of California were compared. After controlling for preexisting psychological difficulties, age, months of eligibility, and the number of pregnancies, the rate of care was 17% higher for the abortion group (n = 14,297) in comparison with the birth group (n = 40,122). Within 90 days after the pregnancy, the abortion group had 63% more claims than the birth group, with the percentages equaling 42%, 30%, and 16% for 180 days, 1 year, and 2 years, respectively. Additional comparisons between the abortion and birth groups were conducted on the basis of claims for specific types of disorders and age.

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