Any pro-choice activist will tell you that, every day, they have to fight against a laundry list of abortion myths from the anti-choice sect. Most, if not all, of these lies have been disproved by science, like the “abortion reversal” technique pushed by anti-abortion doctors and some conservative lawmakers. Now another debunked myth can be added to the list: Recently published research has found that abortion doesn’t increase alcohol and drug use. (I can’t believe that was ever an association in the first place, though.)
A new study published Monday in The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found no link between ending a pregnancy and alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use. In particular, researchers from Advancing New Standards In Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) analyzed five years worth of data from more than 950 women who sought abortions at 30 clinics across the country, and discovered that neither people who underwent the procedure, nor women who were denied abortions, showed an increase in heavy substance use.
The research team, lead by Dr. Sarah Roberts, did find that alcohol use did change over time for both groups, with use among women who turned away increasing at a more rapid rate during the five years. But they found no evidence that having an abortion led women to abuse alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs in subsequent years.
So where does the myth associating alcohol with abortion come from? Crisis pregnancy centers — CPCs. Crisis pregnancy centers are anti-choice operations that parade as facilities that want to help pregnant people “explore their medical options,” and are usually built next to abortion clinics, But CPCs don’t actually offer medical help or advice, according to Slate. Instead, during visits with expecting parents, non-medically licensed counselors at crisis pregnancy centers often push anti-abortion myths, such as the myth that having an abortion increases a woman’s chance of becoming addicted to…
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