Friday, December 5, 2008

John Hopkins Study Reiterates: Post-Abortion Syndrome a Myth!

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.


steve ertelt said...

The review failed to include three new studies all showing abortion leads to significant mental health problems for women.

Last week, Dr. Priscilla Coleman, a professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University, and her colleagues published a study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research showing the link exists.

The research team found induced abortions result in increased risks for a myriad of mental health problems ranging from anxiety to depression to substance abuse disorders.

The number of cases of mental health issues rose by as much as 17 percent in women having abortions compared to those who didn't have one and the risks of each particular mental health problem rose as much as 145% for post-abortive women.

For 12 out of 15 of the mental health outcomes examined, a decision to have an abortion resulted in an elevated risk for women.

"What is most notable in this study is that abortion contributed significant independent effects to numerous mental health problems above and beyond a variety of other traumatizing and stressful life experiences," they concluded.

Earlier this week, researchers at Otago University in New Zealand reported their findings in the British Journal of Psychiatry and found that women who have abortions have an increased risk of developing mental health problems.

The study found that women who had abortions had rates of mental health problems about 30% higher than other women. The conditions most associated with abortion included anxiety disorders and substance abuse disorders.

Abortions increased the risk of severe depression and anxiety by one-third and as many as 5.5 percent of all mental health disorders seen in New Zealand result from women having abortions.

A third study, from a team at the University of Queensland and published in the December issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, found women who have an abortion are three times more likely to experience a drug or alcohol problem during their lifetime.

The study showed that women who had experienced an abortion were at increased risk of illicit drug and alcohol use compared with women who had never been pregnant or who gave birth.

Anonymous said...

I think you missed part of the first sentence. It said that JHU evaluated "reputable" studies.