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Thursday, February 13, 2003

I've been prodded to include links on this blog to several quite recent studies published in medical journals that indicate a correlation between abortion and later emotional distress.

It wasn't a gentle prodding, either! "She waves her hand at some journals but lacks any citations whatsoever."

Is that a nice way to talk?

These links are available at The Elliot Institute's website but that site is a bear to navigate. Or a mess, depending on the mood you're in.

I'll add all the links over the course of the next week or so.

Here's the first one, which takes you to the abstracts for American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2002, Vol. 72, No. 1, 141–152. The AJO is a highly-regarded journal published by the APA.

The one to look for is "State-Funded Abortions Versus Deliveries: A Comparison of Outpatient Mental Health Claims Over 4 Years".

The article concerns a record-based study of 173,000 California women. It compares rates of 1st-time outpatient mental health treatment over a 4 year period in two groups, those who terminated a pregnancy and those who carried to term. The study controls for preexisting psychological difficulties, age, and the number of previous pregnancies.

Within 90 days after the pregnancy outcome, the abortion group had 63% more claims than the birth group, with the percentages equaling 42%, 30%, and 16% for 180 days, 1 year, and 2 years, respectively.

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