CommentaryThe Mental and Physical Health Impacts of Overturning Roe v WadeRobinson, Gail Erlick MD, FRCPC CM, OOnt∗,†; Brown, Kara M. MD‡; Grigoriadis, Sophie MD, MA, PhD, FRCPC∗,†; Nadelson, Carol C. MD§,∥; Feldman, Natalie Sarah MD¶; Dhami, Nirmajit MD#; Benders-Hadi, Nikole MD∗∗; Mittal, Leena P. MD††; Wald, Marla MD‡‡; Group for Advancement of Psychiatry Committee on Gender and Mental Health Author Information ∗University of Toronto †Women's Mood and Anxiety Clinic: Reproductive Transitions, Department of Psychiatry, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada ‡Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana §Harvard Medical School, Boston ∥Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston ¶Brigham and Women's Hospital, Brookline, Massachusetts #Bay Area Maternal Mental Health Inc, Mountain View, California ∗∗Included Health, White Plains, New York ††Center for Women's Mental Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts ‡‡Duke Psychiatry Residency Program, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. Send reprint requests to Gail Erlick Robinson, MD, FRCPC CM, OOnt, 210-278 Bloor St. E Toronto, ON, Canada M4W 3M4. E-mail: [email protected]. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 210(12):p 891-893, December 2022. | DOI: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000001596 Buy Metrics Abstract The overturning of Roe v Wade has resulted in the loss of reproductive rights for millions of women in the United States. It has also put these women at risk of severe mental and physical health consequences. When legal abortions are restricted, there is a rise in illegal abortion with the risk of hemorrhage, infection, infertility, and death. There are many more risks of carrying a pregnancy to term than health or psychological risks of a legal abortion. Women who have a miscarriage risk having to prove they did not abort. In cases of medical emergencies, doctors may be restricted from performing life-saving abortions for fear of penalties. Women or children who have been victims of rape or incest will have to either have an illegal abortion or carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. In states that allow an abortion in cases of severe risk to a mother's health, panels of internists and psychiatrist may, again, be charged with deciding whether her risks are valid. Women's physical and mental health will suffer. Copyright © 2022 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.