Update on Reproductive Rights and Women's Mental Health.


Department of Psychiatry, Rush University, 5511 South Kenwood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637-1713, USA. Electronic address: [Email]


Reproductive rights are essential to the recognition/treatment of women as full-fledged human beings/citizens. Barriers to reproductive rights pose a grave danger to women's well-being. This article explores the origins of these barriers, their nature, and their impact on mental health. The most controversial relationship is between induced abortion and mental health. Barriers, misinformation, and coercion affecting contraceptive, abortion, and pregnancy care are an ongoing danger to women's mental health and the well-being of their families. Mental health professionals are best qualified, and have an obligation, to know the facts, apply them, and provide accurate information to protect women's health.


Barriers,Mental health,Reproductive rights,Women,