A research team at Johns Hopkins University announced this week that there are no reputable studies linking long-term depression with abortion. The research team reviewed 21 studies involving more than 150,000 women and found no basis for the so-called Post-Abortion Syndrome. Researchers said in a MSNBC report that most studies seeking to prove abortion causes emotional trauma “appear to be politically motivated.” This is the second study to come out this year confirming that women who have an abortion have no greater risk of mental-health problems than if they deliver the pregnancy. The American Psychological Association released a two-year study in August showing no significant link between long-term depression and abortion.
We hope that these latest studies will discourage anti-choice politicians from insisting that misinformation linking abortion to depression be required of health care providers. "Based on the best available evidence, emotional harm should not be a factor in abortion policy. If the goal is to help women, program and policy decisions should not distort science to advance political agendas," said Hopkins researcher Vignetta Charles . The misguided manipulation of science has been used to further the anti-choice agenda for long enough. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 19 states require health care providers to give information about the possible psychological effects of abortion. Seven of those states only list negative psychological effects. Studies such as these underscore the importance of nonjudgmental care, which helps ensure the emotional well-being of any patient.