Abortion Care Is a Suicide Prevention Issue

The overturning of Roe v. Wade has intersectional consequences we must give attention to

Max Micallef


A person reading their “Thoughts Journal” next to a lake. Photograph is in grayscale.
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Care Warning & Disclaimer: As the title implies, this article discusses mental health and likewise topics including but not limited to suicide. This article is not professional medical or otherwise advice, nor am I a medical professional.

Abortion Bans = Class Warfare

This was the subject line of an email I received from Capital District DSA yesterday morning. I couldn’t agree more.

All issues lead back to, first, socioeconomic oppression, and second, educational oppression. With my personal activism, I believe that all issues are intersectional in identity, lived experiences, and therefore policy. This is what gets at the systemic roots we must approach today’s political and governmental topics at. This lens recognizes the individual collective we are, the quality of life of our daily lives, and how all of the areas of our lives stem from larger, macro issues at hand. Abortion care is a human rights issue. Abortion care is a fiscal issue. Abortion care is a healthcare issue. Abortion care is a women’s rights issue. Abortion care is a racial, immigrant & refugee, queer, and mental health justice issue. Abortion care is a suicide prevention issue.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) found that in 2020, 1.2 million known suicide attempts occurred, with 45,979 known suicide deaths. On average, that’s 130 suicide deaths per day. On the mental health note, recent studies have concluded that not only is the perception false that the majority of people who receive an abortion experience emotional distress, but that the most common emotion felt after receiving an abortion is relief. Dr. Antonia Biggs, Ph.D. stated in reference to their conclusions made from their multiple studies, that “We found no evidence to support the idea that abortion increases people’s mental health risks, and instead found that, really, the denial of abortion was worse for people’s mental health.

In addition, Dr. Frank C. Worrell, the President of the American Psychological Association stated in reference to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, that “This ruling