Since most opponents of reproductive freedom and choice don’t have a reasonable leg to stand on they’ve often resorted to plain old lying to women in order to roll back the law on abortion. One their lies is that women who have an abortion are at serious risk of developing something they call “post abortion syndrome”.
Well, that lie just had it’s ass kicked by a team of researchers at John Hopkins who recently reviewed 120 studies covering 150K women. Their conclusion? None of the high quality studies show a connection between abortion and depression.
A team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore reviewed 21 studies involving more than 150,000 women and found the high-quality studies showed no significant differences in long-term mental health between women who choose to abort a pregnancy and others.
“The best research does not support the existence of a ‘post-abortion syndrome’ similar to post-traumatic stress disorder,” Dr. Robert Blum, who led the study published in the journal Contraception, said in a statement.
“Based on the best available evidence, emotional harm should not be a factor in abortion policy. If the goal is to help women, program and policy decisions should not distort science to advance political agendas,” added Vignetta Charles, a researcher and doctoral student at Johns Hopkins who worked on the study.
The zealots, of course, will never stop as their goal is not to stop abortion but to control the lives and bodies of women.