New Zealand study examines abortion and mental health link

Joining the Coleman et al study is a study reported by this Medical News Today news release: Women who have an abortion face a small increase in the risk of developing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, according to a new study from New Zealand. But the researchers, writing in the December … Continue reading “New Zealand study examines abortion and mental health link”

Abortion and mental health disorders: New study finds relationship

A new study published online today finds varying degress of connection between induced abortion and later mental health problems. The article, published by the Journal of Psychiatric Research, used the National Comorbidity Study, a large representative sample of people carried out in the early 1990s. Here is the abstract: The purpose of this study was … Continue reading “Abortion and mental health disorders: New study finds relationship”

Royal College of Psychiatrists statement on abortion and mental health

Regular readers will no doubt note the number of posts on abortion, mental health and related topics. I am doing some research and writing on this topic and want to get some of the information I am finding into view. Here is one interesting statement from another mental health association regarding abortion and mental health … Continue reading “Royal College of Psychiatrists statement on abortion and mental health”

APA abortion and mental health report: Single abortion not a threat to women's mental health

No surprises here. This news release from the APA was distributed late this evening. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2008 Contact: Kim I. Mills (202) 336-6048 (571) 216-5596 – cell APA TASK FORCE FINDS SINGLE ABORTION NOT A THREAT TO WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH Calls for Better-Designed Future Research BOSTON – There is no credible … Continue reading “APA abortion and mental health report: Single abortion not a threat to women's mental health”

Handicapping the APA abortion and mental health task force report

Last week, I reported the concerns of peace advocates, Consistent Life, about the upcoming American Psychological Association report regarding potential mental health consequences of abortion. In one of their letters to APA President Alan Kazdin, CL Executive Director, Bill Samuel, wrote: It is accordingly with great concern we note APA has not taken sufficient care … Continue reading “Handicapping the APA abortion and mental health task force report”

APA appoints task force on abortion and mental health

First mentioned in passing in a January 21 New York Times article, the APA has appointed a task force to conduct an updated review of research on abortion and mental health outcomes. In contrast to the more public process used by the APA to appoint the task force on sexual orientation responses, the APA did … Continue reading “APA appoints task force on abortion and mental health”

Abortion and Mental Health: A Pro-Life Reaction

‘Evidence Doesn’t Matter’ — APA Spokesperson Says of Abortion Complications Studies Showing Emotional Problems Not Relevant to American Psychological Association’s Pro-Choice Advocacy To: National Desk Contact: Amy Sobie, for the Elliot Institute, 217-525-8202 SPRINGFIELD, Il., Feb. 17 /Christian Wire Service/ — According to a spokesperson for the American Psychological Association, the APA’s pro-choice position, first … Continue reading “Abortion and Mental Health: A Pro-Life Reaction”

Uninformed Consent: Abortion and Mental Health Consequences

Uninformed Consent: Abortion and Mental Health Consequences Warren Throckmorton, PhD Recent research from Norway and New Zealand has reported an association between abortion and subsequent mental health problems. Although the two reports are not the first to suggest such a relationship, they are well-designed studies suggesting that abortion may be linked to negative mental health … Continue reading “Uninformed Consent: Abortion and Mental Health Consequences”

Psychiatric Bulletin publishes David Fergusson editorial on mental health and abortion

I posted extensively on the APA Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion in August, including comments from New Zealand researcher David Fergusson. This month, the Psychiatric Bulletin published an editorial by Dr. Fergusson. The editorial supports the recent Royal College of Psychiatrists’ statement regarding abortion and mental health. Fergusson’s editorial notes the contrast between … Continue reading “Psychiatric Bulletin publishes David Fergusson editorial on mental health and abortion”

News coverage of the APA Mental Health and Abortion Task Force report

I have several posts about the APA task force report and will have more to come. I have been following this story since late 2005, when David Fergusson’s research finding a link between abortion and negative outcomes first hit the landscape. I have written four op-eds about the matter and will have a couple more … Continue reading “News coverage of the APA Mental Health and Abortion Task Force report”