As lawmakers consider adopting abortion restrictions, they should be aware of the consequences. Unwanted pregnancies become unwanted children, and unwanted children are prone to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other social and emotional disorders. This is especially true when their mothers are young and immature, unable to assume parental responsibilities.
I’ve seen it in my practice, and research backs it up: unwanted growing up scars can become evident in childhood and last into adulthood. According to three studies published between 2011 and 2013, children born from unwanted pregnancies had cognitive delay at age 3, a propensity for behavioral problems at age 5 and 7, and an increased likelihood of substance abuse and other difficulties at age 14.
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