Republican anti-choice legislators continue to introduce time and money wasting measures like the “Life At Conception Act” which have no chance of passing; lady health workers in Pakistan; another study which finds abortion does not carry a higher risk of mental health problems; and sexual violence against Native American women on reservations.
The shooting of Rep. Giffords raises questions not just about the incendiary levels of political rhetoric, but also about our investments in health care, specifically mental health care.
A new study finds little support for the “abortion-as-trauma” framework pushed by anti-choice advocates who claim that a woman who chooses to terminate a pregnancy is at higher risk of mental health problems.
Increasingly our politics and policies are shaped by lies and misinformation spread with the purpose of supporting a political agenda. The issue of abortion and mental health–discussed in this weekend’s Washington Post–illustrates the case.
“Abortion trauma syndrome” is a myth created by anti-choicers. Research confirms a woman’s mental health after an abortion is best indicated by her mental health before the abortion.
Nebraska’s recent abortion laws show an intellectual consistency in the anti-choice worldview, one that is fundamentally misogynist.
We need to consider the benefits beyond physical well-being to our society–and particularly for the women in it–of a secure social safety net.
Antiabortion activists often attempt to capitalize on the fact that the public and many policymakers cannot distinguish between well-conducted studies and those that fall in the “junk science” category.
The state of Nebraska faces a situation most parents can’t comprehend. At last count 34 children, ranging in age from 20 months to 17 years, have been left at Nebraska hospitals under the auspices of a vaguely written “Safe Haven” law.
The American Psychological Association report finding no increased risk of mental health problems post-abortion should put the fiction that women can’t be trusted to make healthy decisions for themselves to rest.