Does Depression Lower Abortion Rates?
Sex is a notorious depression balm — a recent study of Australian women provides evidence for this. But does pregnancy fill the same role?
At the same time, new data from the Australian Longitudinal Study of Health and Relationships shows a dramatic decline in Australia’s abortion rate and a rise in its birth rate.
Julia Shelley of Deakin University in Melbourne cites increased condom use and a general rise in enthusiasm for child-bearing as possible explanations for less abortions and more births.
Though pregnancy doesn’t guarantee happiness, might women hoping for short-term depression relief be part of the reason for this birthing enthusiasm?
Any Australians care to weigh in?