Remember how the abortion ban advocates argued that they were just fighting to protect women from the emotional harm caused them by abortion? Johns Hopkins University just finished a meta-study of research on "post-abortion syndrome." Turns out "post-abortion syndrome" doesn't exist.
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 [Maggie Fox, "Abortion Not Seen Linked with Depression," Reuters via Yahoo News, 2008.12.04].
The only solid correlation the researchers did find was in the nature of the studies themselves:
"The best quality studies indicate no significant differences in long-term mental health between women in the United States who choose to terminate a pregnancy and those who do not," they wrote.
"...studies with the most flawed methodology consistently found negative mental health consequences of abortion," they added. "Scientists are still conducting research to answer politically motivated questions" [Fox].
Here's to a new administration that will make laws based on solid science, not the figments of Leslee Unruh's imagination. (And one more cheer for an administration that may eliminate Unruh's place at the federal funding trough.)