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”

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”

Washington Times: Is abortion a mental health risk?

This morning, the Washington Times published my article on the American Psychological Association Mental Health and Abortion Task Force. In it, I call for the APA to start over on this topic. One study formed the essential basis for the Task Force conclusions. I do not agree that the Gilchrist study is better than the … Continue reading “Washington Times: Is abortion a mental health risk?”

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”

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”

Allegations cloud APA Mental Health and Abortion report

The APA Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion was chaired by Dr. Brenda Major, psychology professor from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The same day the APA Council of Representatives approved the report, the Elliot Institute’s David Reardon released the following presse release. The release claims Dr. Major did not release data, collected … Continue reading “Allegations cloud APA Mental Health and Abortion report”

David Fergusson reacts to the APA Mental Health and Abortion task force report

I asked New Zealand researcher, David Fergusson, about the APA Mental Health and Abortion task force report out today. He was one of 20 reviewers who commented extensively on the draft report. I specifically asked him what he thought of this statement from Task Force chair, Brenda Major in a Reuter’s report: “The best scientific … Continue reading “David Fergusson reacts to the APA Mental Health and Abortion task force report”

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”