Monday, August 18, 2008

What's definition of a 'wanted' baby?

What the headlines failed to tell us, about that recent APA conclusion that abortion has no link to depression:

The American Psychological Association has published a report declaring "there is no meaningful connection between abortion and subsequent psychological disturbances in women."

However, the APA report does concede a woman can have negative psychological consequences, but only in cases where a "wanted" child was aborted.


The APA report states, "Among adult women who have an unplanned pregnancy, the relative risk of mental health problems is no greater if they have a single elective first-trimester abortion than if they deliver that pregnancy."

That statement implies that "unplanned" and "unwanted" are effectively equivalent.

This misleading equivalence is further conveyed when the report states "It is when a wanted child is killed or dies that a woman experiences subsequent negative mental consequences."

If the APA would recognize that many more babies are wanted, even though unplanned, they would be forced to conclude that many women have negative mental consequences after abortion.

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