Somewhat suspect statistics

Women who have abortions are at risk of severe mental health problems, new research has found.

Regular readers around here will know that I\’m predisposed to believe such a finding.

However, this specific researcher, a Dr. Coleman, has form in the area:

The study said that abortion was linked with a 34 per cent greater chance of anxiety disorders, and 37 per cent higher possibility of depression, a more than double risk of alcohol abuse – 110 per cent – a three times greater risk of cannabis use – at 220 per cent – and 155 per cent greater risk of trying to commit suicide.

The long term complaint about her work is that she doesn\’t control properly for the correlation/causation thing.

For example, we wouldn\’t really be all that surprised if a mentally fragile boozy dope smoker was more likely to have an abortion in the first place than someone more mentally sound, sober and clear headed.

Heck, we wouldn\’t be all that surprised if the latter were either less likely to have unprotected sex or to take better care of her contraception.

The actual truth of the matter no doubt Unity will be along to tell us in 30,000 words soon enough.

Quite apart from anything else, just such a surprise to have such a finding popping up right in the middle of the current political debate, isn\’t it?

On the other hand, the British Journal of Psychiatry is not a paper mill, it\’s a very respectable journal.

2 thoughts on “Somewhat suspect statistics”

  1. I once knew a woman who had had three abortions. She was an actress, and an alcoholic. And a lesbian, except when drunk, when she would feel a great desire to have sex with cab drivers. Male ones.

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