Hello again, Editors, Alanda Ledbetter's letter claiming an increased risk of suicide among women who have had abortions should be viewed with much skepticism ["Postmarks," Dec. 26]. I myself Googled the subject and found that the only articles online alleging a causal link between abortion and suicide were from "pro-life" and fundamentalist Christian Web sites, many of which also promoted the refuted claim of a link between abortions and breast cancer. I had no success finding anything resembling an unbiased scientific article from a neutral source, such as a peer-reviewed medical or psychological journal, to back up the claim. Even if a woman were more likely to commit suicide after having an abortion, the causes could be – and most likely are – multifaceted. Guilt over an unwanted pregnancy in the first place, becoming a social pariah among her family, friends, and (especially) church, being made to feel a worthless sinner. "You're not my daughter!" Etc., etc. The abortion could be but one ingredient in a vile stew of guilt that ultimately drives a woman to take her own life. Then again, loads of women have abortions and don't kill themselves. So to draw a causal link between abortion and suicide is just an example of the post hoc fallacy, no more sensible than claiming that being Catholic makes you a pedophile. Comprehensive sex education warning young people of the health consequences of sexual activity is a far more effective way to reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions than cheap scare tactics.