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Thursday, May 22, 2003



More letters to the Canadian Medical Association.

One letter is from Annie Banno of Silent No More:

"Do you perhaps mean the former Surgeon General C. Everett Coop, who supposedly denied the existence of post-abortion trauma? His report was made almost 20 years ago and the findings were inconclusive, precisely because -- as he himself pointed out -- not enough studies had been done. He did not actually deny Post Abortive Stress.

If you reread his actual report, this will be obvious. It was, however, not reported faithfully in the general press. It is certainly time to conduct all of these overdue studies.

It is well-known that the process by which the APA adds a diagnosis to the body of disorders is exceedingly lengthy, and when it is politicized, no one wants to touch it at the APA. However, the APA's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM III-R)[25] does officially list abortion as a life event which **can produce** PTSD.

Koop's and the APA's reports both admitted that most of the research they used to reach their "findings" was flawed scientifically.

Even a study Brenda Major did almost three years ago found that as time passed the women surveyed had an increased dissatisfaction with their abortion decision, and an increase in negative emotions.

Please, for the sake of all women everywhere, do not trot out the same trite and inaccurately reported "facts" from the APA and from Koop, any longer. Women are suffering daily and for decades because of this kind of political denial of reality."

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