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With anti-choice candidates gaining 45 seats in the midterm elections and new house speaker Crybaby John Boehner firmly on their side , it's a certainty

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Today in Sex: Women Who've Had Abortions No More Depressed Than Those Who Haven't

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With anti-choice candidates gaining 45 seats in the midterm elections and new house speaker Crybaby John Boehner firmly on their side, it's a certainty that abortion is going to come up once or twice (or a million times) over the next few years. And one of the right's fave anti-choice tactics is to trot out dubious scientific claims stating that women who've had abortions suffer long-term mental health problems as a result. This week, these bullshit "findings" were officially debunked.

Researchers Julia Steinberg of the University of California, San Francisco, and Lawrence Finer of the Guttmacher Institute re-examined the data collected by the National Comorbidity Survey and originally analyzed by Priscilla Coleman of Bowling Green State University, which came to the conclusion that "women who reported having had an abortion were at increased risk for anxiety, mood disorders and substance abuse."

The new results, published online in the journal, Social Science & Medicine, stated

"We were unable to reproduce the most basic tabulations of Coleman and colleagues," Steinberg said in a statement released with the paper. "Moreover, their findings were logically inconsistent with other published research--for example, they found higher rates of depression in the last month than other studies found during respondents' entire lifetimes. This suggests that the results were substantially inflated."

In other words, "liar, liar, pants on fire."

The report goes on to say

"Antiabortion activists have relied on questionable science in their efforts to push inclusion of the concept of 'post-abortion syndrome' in both clinical practice and law," Finer said. "Our inability to replicate the findings of the Coleman study makes it clear that research claiming to find relationships between abortion and poor mental-health indicators should be subjected to close scrutiny."

Take that, Speaker Boehner and your ilk. The next time you want to wrest control of my body, I've got a nice, warm bowel movement for you.

 
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