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    The New England Journal of Medicine has taken on one of the pillar arguments in the abortion debate, asking whether having the procedure increases a woman’s risk of mental-health problems and concluding that it doesn’t. In fact, researchers found, having a baby brings a far higher risk.
    The study, by Danish scientists (and financed in part by the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, which supports research on abortion rights), is the most extensive of its kind to date. It studied 365,550 Danish women who had an abortion or gave birth for the first time between 1995 and 2007. Of those, 84,620 terminated their pregnancies and 280,930 gave birth.
    In the year after an abortion, 15.2 out of 1,000 sought psychiatric help (defined as admission to a hospital or clinic), which was essentially the same as the rate of that group (14.6 per 1,000) in the nine months before the abortion. In contrast, among women who went on to give birth, the rate at which they sought treatment increased to 6.7 per 1,000 after delivery from 3.9 per 1,000 before.
    Why do first-time mothers have a lower overall rate of mental illness both before and after pregnancy than those who choose termination? The researchers suggest that those who have abortions are more likely to have emotional problems in the first place. Compared with the group who give birth, those who have abortions are also statistically more likely to be struggling economically, and to have a higher rate of unintended pregnancies.
    And why do first-time mothers seem to nearly double their risk in the year after giving birth? That is likely to have something to do with the hormonal changes, decreased sleep and increased stress of parenting, which women who terminate do not experience.
    Already the study, which was released yesterday, is drawing response along philosophical lines.

    A post on the anti-abortion Web site Reclaiming Our Children, for instance, is titled “Another Bogus Study” and says:
    All the supposed “studies” in the world cannot change the experience of millions of women who regret their abortions and suffer with anxiety, depression, shame, guilt, panic attacks and a host of other things …
    Meanwhile, the site of the White Coat Underground, which describes itself as puncturing beliefs not based in science, says:
    The interesting secondary finding, that having a baby can lead to psychological distress, is a fact often left out by anti-abortion groups. Postpartum depression and anxiety are common and serious. Since the question of abortion and mental health is largely asked and answered, it is time to focus our energies on groups truly at risk.

    Parenthood, Not Abortion, Linked to Mental Illness - NYTimes.com

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    I can definitely co-sign that thread title.

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    can't wait til the fundie-tards hear about this one...
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    They'll simply ignore it. They hear things selectively.
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    ^No doubt. I love the thread title!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnik View Post

    can't wait til the fundie-tards hear about this one...
    Quote Originally Posted by twitchy2.0 View Post
    They'll simply ignore it. They hear things selectively.
    Yep, so predictable even the article could see it coming from a mile away:

    A post on the anti-abortion Web site Reclaiming Our Children, for instance, is titled “Another Bogus Study” and says: All the supposed “studies” in the world cannot change the experience of millions of women who regret their abortions and suffer with anxiety, depression, shame, guilt, panic attacks and a host of other things …
    I love the reference to "supposed studies" like science and facts just don't count The willful ignorance drives me batty.

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    ugh, why are abortion rights even being debated! fuck all of you who think you have a right to say what the fuck i do with my body!

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