Not really accurate

The sub heading:

Abortions do not harm the mental health of women, an authoritative study has found.

That\’s not actually what was found. There were some rather important caveats.

The American Psychological Association (APA), said it had uncovered no evidence that the majority of terminations caused psychiatric problems.

"The majority" is of course not all.

Brenda Major, who chaired the task force, said: "Among adult women who have an unplanned pregnancy the relative risk of mental health problems is no greater if they have a single elective first-trimester abortion or deliver that pregnancy."

I don\’t know what the relative risk of mental health problems is in delivering a pregnancy: given the prevalence of post-natal depression it might actually be quite high. But it\’s certainly not zero, meaning that the relative risk of the first trimester abortion is also not zero.

4 thoughts on “Not really accurate”

  1. Since I don’t have clear or settled views on abortion, I find that the main lesson from the abortion debate in the USA is that, although Americans are indoctrinated from childhood about the wonders of having a, gasp of awe, Constitution, they ignore theirs whenever it suits. I refer to the monstrosity that was the Wade-Roe decision.

  2. What, you don’t believe the founding fathers hid a right to abortion that trumps states’ rights in the penumbra of the bill of rights? What are you, some kind of person with common sense?

  3. “But it’s certainly not zero, meaning that the relative risk of the first trimester abortion is also not zero.”

    No, the relative risk *is* zero. It’s the absolute risk that isn’t.

    “What, you don’t believe the founding fathers hid a right to abortion that trumps states’ rights in the penumbra of the bill of rights?”

    The point is, if you support the decision in Brown vs. Board of Education, it’s pretty hard to deny the 14th Amendment logic for Roe vs. Wade. But not very many of the people who’d seek to overturn Roe vs. Wade are willing to come out and say they’d overturn Brown vs. Board, for some reason or other.

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