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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 12:59 PM
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Abortion 'does not raise' mental health risk (BBC)
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By Jane Dreaper
Health correspondent, BBC News

Abortion does not raise the risk of a woman suffering mental health problems, a major review by experts concludes.

Data from 44 studies showed women with an unwanted pregnancy have a higher incidence of mental health problems in general.

This is not affected by whether or not they have an abortion or give birth.

But anti-abortion campaigners said the review sought to "minimise" the psychological effect of terminating a pregnancy.

Experts from the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) used the same research methods they use to assess evidence on other mental health issues for NICE.

So let's see ... the condition of unwanted pregnancy is the source of the problem, while the response to it is not ? Since we care so much about the well-being of women, obviously then, we should take whatever steps are necessary to prevent unwanted pregnancies, including such self-evident measures as thoroughly educating women about the true risks of unprotected sex, and making available all safe methods of birth control.

Republicans have tried to present themselves as being opposed to abortion because they are concerned about the mental health of the mother. Now that we know the real facts re. mental health and unwanted pregnancies, Republicans should resolve to line up squarely behind policies that make sex education and reliable birth control as freely accessible as possible.

We await the announcement of the GOP's sincere recommitment to women's mental health.
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