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.
“Protecting” the mental health of women is the latest front in the abortion debate; The state of South Dakota’s second abortion ban attempt; The Oregonian responds to Secretary Leavitt; New England Journal of Medicine reviews PEPFAR five years after inception.
The right to abortion and access to safe abortion care has been extraordinarily politicized in the US (and elsewhere) for decades now and women’s physical and psychological needs have been caught in the cross-fire. A new book places those needs front and center.