Monday, January 02, 2006

Abortion Leads to Mental Problems

(Christchurch, New Zealand) The results of a study conducted to address the dearth of reliable data found that women having abortions risk developing later mental health problems - including depression, anxiety and drug and alcohol abuse. A team of researchers at the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences, led by Dr. David Fergusson, conducted the study with the results to be published this week in the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology.

The findings tipped the balance of scientific evidence towards the conclusion that abortion increased psychological distress rather than alleviating it, said Professor Fergusson, who supports unrestricted access to abortion and describes himself as "an atheist, a rationalist and pro-choice." That could make it more difficult for doctors to claim they were performing an abortion on health grounds, he said.

"There'll be cheering for our results on the pro-life side and denouncing us angrily on the pro-choice side," said Professor Fergusson, a psychologist and epidemiologist at the Christchurch School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
That's an understatement, Doc. The abortion rights advocates will be screaming about this research. I'm sure they'll dispute the methodology of the study and significance of the findings. It's also probably a safe assumption that the mainstream American media will downplay the research, if it's reported. And, that's a big 'if.' Leftist news outlets likely will not want the public to know that abortions lead to long-term adverse consequences.

Companion post at Diggers Realm.

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