Skip to comments.Expert critiques claim there’s no link between abortion and mental health issues
Posted on 03/11/2012 11:49:22 AM PDT by wagglebee
BOWLING GREEN, OHIO, March 9, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) An editorial in a psychiatric publication criticizing a recent study is being cited as a refutation of the idea that abortion leads to higher rates of mental illness. But an expert tells LifeSiteNews.com the other side is far from disproving the notion and has an agenda of its own.
The editor-in-chief of the Journal of Psychiatric Research, Alan Schatzberg of the Stanford University School of Medicine, co-authored an article that criticized a 2009 study conducted by Priscilla Coleman, a professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, which found high incidence of mental problems in post-abortive women.
A year later, Julia Steinberg of the University of California-San Francisco and Lawrence Finer of the Alan Guttmacher Institute claimed, For many women, psychiatric illnesses occurred before the abortion. This, they said, rendered Dr. Colemans findings invalid.
Schatzberg recently wrote that he believes their criticisms had merit but stopped short of retracting the article, which his journal published.
On Tuesday, Coleman said she corrected her data to include only incidents of mental health issues after abortion, and the results did not change much.
Nonetheless, a number of outlets reported her findings had been debunked.
That is far from true, according to Dr. Martha Shuping, M.D., an expert in post-abortion issues. The North Carolina-based psychiatrist told LifeSiteNews.com the link had been tested numerous times.
Its not only one study that establishes a link, Dr. Shuping wrote, but many statistically significant studies published in peer reviewed journals with statistically significant results that demonstrate that abortion puts women at risk for mental health problems. The website www.standapart.org has one bibliography listing more than 40 such studies, and additional studies have been published since that bibliography was posted in 2008.
A similar discussion took place in 2008, Dr. Shuping said, after the American Psychiatric Association (APA) released a report drawn up by its Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion. The study was widely cited to imply abortion presented no more negative side effects than a live birth.
But that study had methodological flaws of its own. It excluded everyone under 21 that is having abortions, which is not insignificant, she said. That totals at least 18 percent of all abortions, well over 100,000 a year.
They also said their study applied only to women who had a single abortion. Yet Susan Cohen of the Alan Guttmacher Institute wrote in 2007, About half of all U.S. women having an abortion have had one previously.
And they said the decision must be by a woman who does not want her baby and is not coerced. I think theres a lot more coercion out there than anyone realizes, Dr. Shuping noted, relating personal anecdotes of women who were bullied, physically assaulted, or drugged before being led into an abortion clinic.
Theyre excluding the majority of women in America who are having abortions every day.
Shuping pointed to a 2007 study conducted by Sharain Suliman that 18.2 percent of post-abortive women met criteria for a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder within three months of their abortion. The research was carried out in an effort to help abortionists find a better means of anesthetic.
Dr. Shuping told LifeSiteNews the truth is simple: There are many, many women who have mental health issues because of their abortion. However, researchers are constantly looking for any other explanation.
If any of those women had said, I was raped and now I have trauma symptoms, no one would dispute that, Dr. Shuping told LifeSiteNews.com, because we all know that rape is a bad thing for women.
But when it comes to abortion, No one wants to believe the women themselves.
Estimated by whom? I believe that number is used by abortion advocates who want to inflate the numbers so as to promote the illusion that abortion is a common method of birth control used by many women. They use that illusion to try to convince more women to have abortions.
However, if you look at the numbers, the 50% estimate just doesn't hold up. Rough and dirty estimate, ignoring confounders such as number of women in childbearing age, statistical analyses, and so forth:
So, the number of women who have had abortions is roughly (50 million / 150 million) x 0.5 = 17%.
YEah, they probably are depressed people who get impressed by inner city gangsters’ views and rap attitudes on “life”. It reminds me of the movie “The Departed”.
That's entirely possible. Maybe I remembering a number from Russia or something.
I've had three (or more) women confess to me that they had abortions. I didn't know them pre-abortion, but post-abortion, they did seem to have some real problems.
A seared conscience maybe.
The so called experts also said there was no connection between homosexuality and mental health issues.
Then why the short lived relationships, physically abusive relationships, short life span, chemical dependencies, and desire to mutilate their bodies?
That is just them expressing their “love”.
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