Large numbers of studies have shown that women who have had an abortion have significantly higher rates of suicide than women who have given birth. Whilst this fact isn't disputed, there is a dispute about whether having an abortion is the actual cause of a woman's suicide or whether other factors that contribute to an abortion decision, also contribute to a higher suicide risk. For this reason, many prochoice groups believe that women should not be advised that they may be at higher risk of suicide if they undergo abortion.
However, a federal court ruling in South Dakota in the USA recently has affirmed the right of women to full disclosure of this potential risk to their wellbeing if they decide to have an abortion. This is a significant step forward for women being fully informed about an abortion decision and the fact the pro-abortion groups, particularly abortion providers themselves work so hard to fight disclosure of information to women can only be viewed with suspicion..