Wall Street Journal previews APA Mental Health and Abortion task force report

Today’s Wall Street Journal’s Stephanie Simon has an article regarding the APA Mental Health and Abortion Task Force. Titled “New Front on the Abortion Battle,” the article previews the APA committee’s report due to be considered tomorrow (Wed. 8/13/08). The article begins: For decades, the cultural battle over abortion has been about what goes on … Continue reading “Wall Street Journal previews APA Mental Health and Abortion task force report”

Reports of adverse reactions to abortion: How should mental health professional groups respond?

In addition to my work in sexual identity issues, I am quite interested in policy relating to the psychological reactions of women who have had abortions. I have observed over the past several years that women who associate their abortion with mental health distress have approached the American Psychological Association with their concerns and stories. … Continue reading “Reports of adverse reactions to abortion: How should mental health professional groups respond?”

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”

Does Abortion Impact the Mental Health of Women?

Does Abortion Impact the Mental Health of Women? Warren Throckmorton, PhD A new study from New Zealand, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, raises important questions about the impact of abortion on the mental health of women. Researchers found that those reporting abortion prior to age 21 had rates of mental disorders … Continue reading “Does Abortion Impact the Mental Health of Women?”

Lancet: Women should be offered post-abortion psychological care

The British medical journal, The Lancet, published an editorial in their August 23 issue regarding appropriate care for women after an abortion. Although the editorial could have taken a stronger stance on the APA report, I believe they have issued an important caution to those reviewing literature on mental health and abortion. More than a … Continue reading “Lancet: Women should be offered post-abortion psychological care”

Norwegian study finds abortion-depression link

A relatively recent study from Norway finds a link between abortion and subsequent depression. Titled, Abortion and depression: A population-based longitudinal study of young women, the research was conducted by Willy Pedersen and published in the 2008 Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, volume 36, pages 424–428. Here is the abstract: Induced abortion is an experience … Continue reading “Norwegian study finds abortion-depression link”

Anti-violence group expresses concerns over APA abortion task force

Just over a year ago, I reported on the creation by the American Psychological Association of a task force to study the mental health issues related to abortion. The task force is slated to report findings at the August, 2008 annual convention. I have obtained letters of concern regarding the timing and composition of the … Continue reading “Anti-violence group expresses concerns over APA abortion task force”