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Pro-Choice and Pro-Voice

Posts tagged SCIENCE

Apr 1 '14

Anonymous asked:

Someone should do a study or something on the effects that are had on people who are denied abortions. Not that we need yet more evidence that the pro-life side is constantly pulling facts from mid-air, but hey. I know being denied an abortion sure would do a lot of harm to myself. More than having the abortion would do. (I'll be honest and say that I'm not even sexually active and my boyfriend and I still have already decided we'd likely be aborting an accidental pregnancy.)

culture-of-choice:

I’m the kind of person who would be harmed by my own actions if I were to be denied an abortion.

I would absolutely find a way to self-abort. I would find pills. I would do anything.

What I think is likely to happen, with all these restrictions, is the sudden uprising of black market abortion inducing medicine. It’ll be obscenely expensive. And what’ll happen then? They’ll start investigating miscarriages. You know, it’s not like they’re not ALREADY doing that (in case you missed the news, some states are now setting in motion the plans to make all miscarriages events that MUST be reported by doctors).

I think studies like that would be extremely hard to do, because honestly, many people who wanted an abortion and didn’t get it do end up loving their child, and would therefore have a hard time answering, “So do you wish you had been able to get that abortion?”

Though it is certainly interesting and, I think, necessary, to hear from people who were denied abortions. Their point of view is important - it is important for people to hear that denying an abortion is just as bad as forcing one.

There is an ongoing study on this very topic! It’s called the Turnaway Study, and you can read about it on the New York Times. The findings so far indicate a greatly increased risk of poverty for those turned away, compared to women who got the abortions they were seeking. (The NYT article also talks about your second-to-last paragraph!)

Participants will continue to be interviewed twice a year for five years after their abortion, so we won’t see the complete study for a few more years.

Mar 25 '14
A 2013 Cochrane review found that the continuous presence of a labor support person, such as a doula, improved the birth experience and significantly reduced the rate of C-section delivery.
March 22-28 is World Doula Week, and I’m celebrating by blogging about the full spectrum of doula services!

A 2013 Cochrane review found that the continuous presence of a labor support person, such as a doula, improved the birth experience and significantly reduced the rate of C-section delivery.

March 22-28 is World Doula Week, and I’m celebrating by blogging about the full spectrum of doula services!

Mar 14 '14
"Don’t be fooled. The political momentum for 20-week bans isn’t actually about compromising, or about adhering to a specific deadline that will prevent fetuses from feeling pain. It’s really about finding an initial foothold to chip away at Roe v. Wade, and then continuing to move the goal posts. It’s the first step in a larger strategy to cut off legal abortion access altogether, cloaked under the guise of a “moderate” policy."

The Secret Strategy Behind 20-Week Abortion Bans

Reminder that there is no scientific evidence to prove fetal pain exists at 20 weeks. Even the scientists behind the studies used by pro-lifers to push this argument have said their work has been misinterpreted and misused.

Sources:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Statement on HR 3803 (fetal pain unlikely before third trimester)

Fabrizi et al. (2011). A shift in sensory processing that enables the developing human brain to discriminate touch from pain. Current Biology, 21(18), 1552-1558. (fetal pain at 35-37 weeks)

Lee et al. (2005). Fetal Pain: A Systematic Multidisciplinary Review of the Evidence. Journal of the American Medical Association, 294(8), 947-954. (fetal pain at 29-30 weeks)

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists updates its guidance (fetal pain after 24 weeks)

Mar 11 '14
Mar 11 '14

culture-of-choice:

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

Abortion statistics and facts! All information, charts and bar graphs are sourced above! A few sources accidentally left out: [x] [x] - Paige

Unbelievably important.

Use this to combat pro-life “statistics” (aka, statistics pulled out of a random donkey’s hiney).

Mar 8 '14

Aaaaahhhh

I’ve been taking data for music therapy study at the hospital since the summer, and just started helping with the literature review on pain and music. Just today, I found three (unrelated) articles on music during vaginal delivery, music for anxiety and coping during surgical abortion, and “music therapy as an anti-oppressive practice.”

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Science is great, guys.

ETA: Except when researchers think they’re doing music therapy when there is no music therapist! That happens toooo much. Fact: It’s only music therapy if a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) is implementing it.

Mar 5 '14
"Women felt more regret, sadness and anger about the pregnancy than about the abortion."

Rocca et al. (2013). Women’s Emotions One Week After Receiving or Being Denied an Abortion in the United States. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 45(3), 122-31.

Experiencing complex, even negative emotions after an abortion does not mean a patient feels they made the wrong decision. Post-abortion emotions vary from patient to patient, and from abortion to abortion, depending on life circumstances, social support, and the difficulty they had making a decision. Forcing all patients to undergo mandatory ultrasounds or biased counseling does not address these issues, and may even make the negative emotions worse.

This study also found that, in one of the groups, most of the women who felt regret also felt relief. Most of the women who felt regret also felt the abortion was still the right decision. Focusing on one or two individual emotions denies the reality that we all live - we all experience multiple, often conflicting emotions at any given time.

If anyone would like the full PDF of the study, send me your email address and I can get it to you. Students can also access it through their library account.

Mar 5 '14
Ibis Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights are conducting a study on people who’ve had abortions in Oklahoma, Kansas, or Arkansas. Contact study@ibisreproductivehealth.org to participate!

Ibis Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights are conducting a study on people who’ve had abortions in Oklahoma, Kansas, or Arkansas. Contact study@ibisreproductivehealth.org to participate!

Mar 2 '14
senatecharts:

Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) quotes the Guttmacher Institute while fighting against abortion.

What happens to patients who are denied abortions?
"The take-home from that study is that most women are having an abortion because they say they can’t afford to have a child. And it turns out that they’re right: Two years later, women who had a baby they weren’t expecting to have, compared to the women who had the abortion they wanted, are three times more likely to be living in poverty. They knew they couldn’t afford a kid and it turns out they were correct." - Tracy Weitz, PhD, of the Turnaway Study

senatecharts:

Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) quotes the Guttmacher Institute while fighting against abortion.

What happens to patients who are denied abortions?

"The take-home from that study is that most women are having an abortion because they say they can’t afford to have a child. And it turns out that they’re right: Two years later, women who had a baby they weren’t expecting to have, compared to the women who had the abortion they wanted, are three times more likely to be living in poverty. They knew they couldn’t afford a kid and it turns out they were correct." - Tracy Weitz, PhD, of the Turnaway Study

Feb 28 '14
Feb 26 '14
Feb 20 '14

Anti-Choice “Science”

bebinn:

If you see any abortion studies from these sources, they are likely riddled with errors (intentional or not), rendering their findings unusable. Anti-choicers will cite said articles in attempt to prove their point, but a simple search into these sources will prove their bias is simply too great, and their methodology too poor, to be accepted into any debate.

Scientists:

  • Priscilla Coleman
  • David Reardon
  • Byron Calhoun
  • Joel Brind
  • Vincent Rue
  • J.C. Willke
  • Phillip G. Ney
  • Jesse Cougle
  • Anne Speckhard

Organizations:

  • The Elliot Institute
  • WECARE
  • Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
  • Institute for Pregnancy Loss
  • The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research
  • MaterCare International (MCI)
  • The National Physicians Center for Family Resources
If the person with whom you’re arguing insists on using these sources to back up their claims, you can direct them toward this post on how to evaluate scientific studies (scroll down to the bullet points if you don’t want to read a longer explanation). In the meantime, here’s a list of reputable sources.

Reliable institutes, journals, and databases (credit to prolongedeyecontact):

Always check the authors and the institutes and organizations with which they’re associated. It’s hard to trust a member of Physicians for Life to publish unbiased articles on reproductive health. Similarly, an author associated with a Catholic university won’t necessarily put out invalid studies on abortion, but it is something to keep in mind. Lastly, check to see what degrees the authors hold, and if it’s relevant to their area of study. David Reardon got his undergrad degree in electrical engineering, which has nothing to do with abortion. His degree in biomedical ethics came from an unaccredited university with no classroom time, yet he is still one of the most prolific authors of junk science on abortion.

Feb 20 '14
pro-choice-or-no-voice:

carolinachristian:

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

carolinachristian:

The BIGGEST LIE.
 Personhood Education relays some of the report’s more specific findings:
1. Abortion is underreported by a factor of up to 50% when complications arise, making data unreliable.
2. Abortion-related mortality is demonstrably underestimated. Additionally, “indirect abortion-associated deaths,” such as “substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and suicide” arising from abortion, ”are likely to be many times higher than those deaths directly caused by obstetric complications.”
3. Serious health complications arising from abortion which threaten the life of the woman are usually handled by hospital emergency rooms, not the abortion provider. Despite being the result of physical complications of the abortion procedure, these abortion-related deaths are reported as maternal deaths.
Abortion-related mortality is vastly underreported “due to poor quality reporting and definitional issues”. Dr. Calhoun’s research shows that ”maternal deaths,” “late maternal deaths,” “pregnancy-related deaths,” and “pregnancy-associated deaths” are being defined to include, but not identify, “abortion-related deaths.”
Via Personhood Education comes word of a new study by Dr. Byron Calhoun, vice chair of West Virginia University-Charleston’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and published in the peer-reviewed Catholic medical journal Linacre Quarterly, has reviewed US data on abortion-related deaths and declared the talking point essentially groundless. Here’s the study’s full abstract:
It was quoted recently in the literature that “The risk of death associated with childbirth is approximately 14 times higher than with abortion.” This statement is unsupported by the literature and there is no credible scientific basis to support it.
A reasonable woman would find any discussion about the risk of dying from a procedure as material, i.e., important and significant. In order for the physician‐patient informed consent dialogue to address this critical issue, the physician must rely upon objective and accurate information concerning abortion. There are numerous and complicated methodological factors that make a valid scientific assessment of abortion mortality extremely difficult.
Among the many factors responsible are incomplete reporting, definitional incompatibilities, voluntary data collection, research bias, reliance upon estimations, political correctness, inaccurate and/or incomplete death certificate completion, incomparability with maternal mortality statistics, and failing to include other causes of death such as suicides.
Given the importance of this disclosure about abortion mortality, the lack of credible and reliable scientific evidence supporting this representation requires substantial discussion.
http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/16/peer-reviewed-study-abortion-is-not-safer-for-women-than-childbirth/


OH MY FUCKING G-D THEY SOURCED LIFENEWS!!!!!!! I can’t, I’m dying of laughter right now.
LEGAL Abortion is 14 times safer than abortion, you need science in your life hon. [x] That is a real unbiased factual source my dear, take note! (BTW yes I did strike out your post because it is utter bullshit and misinformation.) - Paige

http://m.nationalreview.com/corner/327854/new-study-shows-childbirth-safer-abortion-michael-j-new

No Sources given.

http://www.abortionfacts.com/facts/11

Extremely biased, all sources included also biased.

http://aclj.org/pro-life/abortionists-claim-abortion-safer-than-birth-disproved

HELLA BIASED, also sources, biased, nothing to back them up.

http://www.lozierinstitute.org/new-research-shows-abortion-poses-higher-risk-of-death-than-giving-birth/

Biased source as well, sources within biased source disprove the actual source, I’m laughing.

"In contrast with a 2012 study conducted by researchers from Gynuity Health Projects and the University of North Carolina – which asserts that women are 14 times more likely to die delivering a live baby than from complications of an abortion, this study, which links up all relevant reproductive health data, found that death rates associated with birth were lower than those associated with early-term abortion, late-term abortion, and miscarriage in every year over a 10-year period. The data demonstrates that an abortion prior to 12 weeks is associated with 80% higher risk of death within the first year after the procedure and a 40% higher risk of death over 10 years."

Quoting biased un-factual material is not helping your case hon.

And…oh my goodness oh my goodness! You’re such an immature little girl who can’t go without cursing! And you have horrible manners. You can’t even have a decent discussion with anyone who disagrees with you. Grow up. Mature a little.

"Dr. Calhoun probably lied about maternal deaths having to do with abortion.  Also, the doctor is an anti-choice advocate, so he’d be willing to botch studies to give his side credence.” (Quoted from Bedlamity)
Lol, did you think I actually care what you think about me? You’re a liar, you spread misinformation, I really could care less what you think of me. Maybe you should grow up and stop believing what every Tom, Dick, and Harry tells you to believe, have a mind of your own. Oh, and tell your sources to look up what science means, then tell them to get back to me.
I’m pretty sure OBGYNs know what their talking about, again, nice try hon. [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] Yeah, those are all non-biased science backed factual sources, take note, again. - Paige

THE NATIONAL REVIEW ARTICLE CITED DAVID REARDON AND PRISCILLA COLEMAN I CAN’T EVEN

Anyway. Anti-choicers should really stop pretending to science. Here’s a list of names and organizations to watch out for when finding studies to back up your claims. (Funny enough, Byron Calhoun’s on there, too!)

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

carolinachristian:

pro-choice-or-no-voice:

carolinachristian:

The BIGGEST LIE.


Personhood Education relays some of the report’s more specific findings:

1. Abortion is underreported by a factor of up to 50% when complications arise, making data unreliable.

2. Abortion-related mortality is demonstrably underestimated. Additionally, “indirect abortion-associated deaths,” such as “substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and suicide” arising from abortion, ”are likely to be many times higher than those deaths directly caused by obstetric complications.”

3. Serious health complications arising from abortion which threaten the life of the woman are usually handled by hospital emergency rooms, not the abortion provider. Despite being the result of physical complications of the abortion procedure, these abortion-related deaths are reported as maternal deaths.

Abortion-related mortality is vastly underreported “due to poor quality reporting and definitional issues”. Dr. Calhoun’s research shows that ”maternal deaths,” “late maternal deaths,” “pregnancy-related deaths,” and “pregnancy-associated deaths” are being defined to include, but not identify, “abortion-related deaths.”

Via Personhood Education comes word of a new study by Dr. Byron Calhoun, vice chair of West Virginia University-Charleston’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and published in the peer-reviewed Catholic medical journal Linacre Quarterly, has reviewed US data on abortion-related deaths and declared the talking point essentially groundless. Here’s the study’s full abstract:

It was quoted recently in the literature that “The risk of death associated with childbirth is approximately 14 times higher than with abortion.” This statement is unsupported by the literature and there is no credible scientific basis to support it.

A reasonable woman would find any discussion about the risk of dying from a procedure as material, i.e., important and significant. In order for the physician‐patient informed consent dialogue to address this critical issue, the physician must rely upon objective and accurate information concerning abortion. There are numerous and complicated methodological factors that make a valid scientific assessment of abortion mortality extremely difficult.

Among the many factors responsible are incomplete reporting, definitional incompatibilities, voluntary data collection, research bias, reliance upon estimations, political correctness, inaccurate and/or incomplete death certificate completion, incomparability with maternal mortality statistics, and failing to include other causes of death such as suicides.

Given the importance of this disclosure about abortion mortality, the lack of credible and reliable scientific evidence supporting this representation requires substantial discussion.

OH MY FUCKING G-D THEY SOURCED LIFENEWS!!!!!!! I can’t, I’m dying of laughter right now.

LEGAL Abortion is 14 times safer than abortion, you need science in your life hon. [x] That is a real unbiased factual source my dear, take note! (BTW yes I did strike out your post because it is utter bullshit and misinformation.) - Paige

http://m.nationalreview.com/corner/327854/new-study-shows-childbirth-safer-abortion-michael-j-new

No Sources given.

http://www.abortionfacts.com/facts/11

Extremely biased, all sources included also biased.

http://aclj.org/pro-life/abortionists-claim-abortion-safer-than-birth-disproved

HELLA BIASED, also sources, biased, nothing to back them up.

http://www.lozierinstitute.org/new-research-shows-abortion-poses-higher-risk-of-death-than-giving-birth/

Biased source as well, sources within biased source disprove the actual source, I’m laughing.

"In contrast with a 2012 study conducted by researchers from Gynuity Health Projects and the University of North Carolina – which asserts that women are 14 times more likely to die delivering a live baby than from complications of an abortion, this study, which links up all relevant reproductive health data, found that death rates associated with birth were lower than those associated with early-term abortion, late-term abortion, and miscarriage in every year over a 10-year period. The data demonstrates that an abortion prior to 12 weeks is associated with 80% higher risk of death within the first year after the procedure and a 40% higher risk of death over 10 years."

Quoting biased un-factual material is not helping your case hon.

And…oh my goodness oh my goodness! You’re such an immature little girl who can’t go without cursing! And you have horrible manners. You can’t even have a decent discussion with anyone who disagrees with you. Grow up. Mature a little.

"Dr. Calhoun probably lied about maternal deaths having to do with abortion.  Also, the doctor is an anti-choice advocate, so he’d be willing to botch studies to give his side credence.” (Quoted from Bedlamity)

Lol, did you think I actually care what you think about me? You’re a liar, you spread misinformation, I really could care less what you think of me. Maybe you should grow up and stop believing what every Tom, Dick, and Harry tells you to believe, have a mind of your own. Oh, and tell your sources to look up what science means, then tell them to get back to me.

I’m pretty sure OBGYNs know what their talking about, again, nice try hon. [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] Yeah, those are all non-biased science backed factual sources, take note, again. - Paige

THE NATIONAL REVIEW ARTICLE CITED DAVID REARDON AND PRISCILLA COLEMAN I CAN’T EVEN

Anyway. Anti-choicers should really stop pretending to science. Here’s a list of names and organizations to watch out for when finding studies to back up your claims. (Funny enough, Byron Calhoun’s on there, too!)

Feb 19 '14

Fumbled citations!

I’ve fixed it now, but the post I made rebutting falsehoods about Planned Parenthood has a bad link. The American Psychiatric Association used to have a page on abortion and mental health, which has disappeared, and I accidentally linked to the American Psychological Association twice. Both of these organizations have refuted the existence of post-abortion stress syndrome, a disorder manufactured by the pro-life movement to bolster their claims that abortion is dangerous to mental health.

The American Psychiatric Association is in charge of writing the DSM, or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which is the universal classification and diagnostic tool for psychiatrists. The updated version, DSM-V, was published in 2013. Until they get their page up again, just know that PASS is not and has never been included in the DSMs I through V. While emotions vary after abortion, and many do feel guilt, regret, anger, or sadness (all of which are valid and deserving of care and attention), without its inclusion in the DSM-V, PASS is not a legitimate diagnosis.

Feb 17 '14
echosoflove0:

Heres the thing about Planned Parenthood. Ok fine, I can see how its a good idea. But there is a LOT that needs to be rethought. 
1) There is no warning waver that needs to be signed. What am I talking about? You know all that paperwork you do at the dentist? It tells you ALL the possible complications, problems and side effects of whatever you’re having done? Pretty important right?Planned parenthood doesn’t provide one of those. Here are some of the physical effects of abortion. 6% require a total hysterectomy 8% fallopian tubes become blocked9% develop infections 15% have postoperative hemorrhaging22% miscarry a later wanted child 
Some Psychological affects: 23% hallucinate related to the abortion 54% have nightmares related to abortion61% increase alcohol use65% have thoughts of suicide 85% are surprised at intensity of emotional reaction 92% have feelings of anger, guilt and depressionWouldn’t you want to be aware of these things before proceeding? 2) Planned parenthood fights every year in support of ‘abortion’ up to TWO YEARS of age. 3) Planned Parenthood fights every year in support of restricting American families to only one child. 4) If a young woman goes into Planned Parenthood with feelings of depression, anger or guilt to seek counseling, they turn her away. Instead of offering shelter and acceptance, they tell her that it has nothing to do with her abortion, and to seek help elsewhere. Now I don’t know about you, but regardless of whether you are pro-choice, or pro-life, these are undeniably relative issues. 

I’m really impressed that you managed to get literally every single thing you said wrong. That’s quite the feat!
From Planned Parenthood’s page on abortion:

Before the abortion procedure, you will need to
discuss your options
talk about your medical history
have laboratory tests
have a physical exam — which may include an ultrasound
read and sign papers

Planned Parenthood is a medical organization just like every other health care facility, and is bound by the exact same laws and standards. Whoever told you there are no waivers or information provided was misinformed or lying to you.
Your (un-cited) statistics come from David Reardon, who was once described as the “Moses" of anti-abortion activists. He runs the anti-choice Elliot Institute, his methodology has been repeatedly criticized, and his degree is from an unaccredited correspondence school, which was shut down following a lawsuit filed by the state of Hawaii. You’ll have to forgive the rest of the science world for understanding that he only produces junk science.
Here’s the truth: Abortion is one of the safest, simplest procedures in existence. First-trimester abortions pose virtually none of the risks you listed and have a less than 0.05% chance of complications that may require hospitalization. Exhaustive reviews by both the American Psychological and American Psychiatric Associations concluded there is no risk to mental health, that 90% of patients felt relief, and among patient who experienced negative emotions, 80% still said they made the right choice. (The American Psychiatric Association’s page on the topic is no longer up, but “post-abortion stress syndrome,” a pro-life invention, is not and has never been included in the DSM.)
I honestly have no idea how people can actually believe “post-birth abortion” is a thing, much less something that Planned Parenthood advocates for. You’ll need to provide proof of this claim and the one-child restriction, because I can’t prove something isn’t happening if there’s no evidence it’s happening in the first place.
A simple Google search will turn up multiple Planned Parenthood locations with both in-person and phone counseling for post-abortion and other needs. If they don’t have the resources to offer it themselves, Planned Parenthood’s page on Thinking About Abortion refers to Exhale’s hotline; Western Pennsylvania’s center, Portland’s center, and St. Louis’ center all offer counseling in their clinics.
I am very tired of pro-life junk science being touted as legitimate. I even wrote a whole article on determining whether studies are valid for this exact reason!

echosoflove0:

Heres the thing about Planned Parenthood. Ok fine, I can see how its a good idea. But there is a LOT that needs to be rethought. 


1) There is no warning waver that needs to be signed. What am I talking about? You know all that paperwork you do at the dentist? It tells you ALL the possible complications, problems and side effects of whatever you’re having done? Pretty important right?
Planned parenthood doesn’t provide one of those. Here are some of the physical effects of abortion. 

6% require a total hysterectomy 
8% fallopian tubes become blocked
9% develop infections 
15% have postoperative hemorrhaging
22% miscarry a later wanted child 

Some Psychological affects: 
23% hallucinate related to the abortion 
54% have nightmares related to abortion
61% increase alcohol use
65% have thoughts of suicide 
85% are surprised at intensity of emotional reaction 
92% have feelings of anger, guilt and depression

Wouldn’t you want to be aware of these things before proceeding? 

2) Planned parenthood fights every year in support of ‘abortion’ up to TWO YEARS of age. 

3) Planned Parenthood fights every year in support of restricting American families to only one child. 

4) If a young woman goes into Planned Parenthood with feelings of depression, anger or guilt to seek counseling, they turn her away. Instead of offering shelter and acceptance, they tell her that it has nothing to do with her abortion, and to seek help elsewhere. 

Now I don’t know about you, but regardless of whether you are pro-choice, or pro-life, these are undeniably relative issues. 

I’m really impressed that you managed to get literally every single thing you said wrong. That’s quite the feat!

From Planned Parenthood’s page on abortion:

Before the abortion procedure, you will need to

  • discuss your options
  • talk about your medical history
  • have laboratory tests
  • have a physical exam — which may include an ultrasound
  • read and sign papers

Planned Parenthood is a medical organization just like every other health care facility, and is bound by the exact same laws and standards. Whoever told you there are no waivers or information provided was misinformed or lying to you.

Your (un-cited) statistics come from David Reardon, who was once described as the “Moses" of anti-abortion activists. He runs the anti-choice Elliot Institute, his methodology has been repeatedly criticized, and his degree is from an unaccredited correspondence school, which was shut down following a lawsuit filed by the state of Hawaii. You’ll have to forgive the rest of the science world for understanding that he only produces junk science.

Here’s the truth: Abortion is one of the safest, simplest procedures in existence. First-trimester abortions pose virtually none of the risks you listed and have a less than 0.05% chance of complications that may require hospitalization. Exhaustive reviews by both the American Psychological and American Psychiatric Associations concluded there is no risk to mental health, that 90% of patients felt relief, and among patient who experienced negative emotions, 80% still said they made the right choice. (The American Psychiatric Association’s page on the topic is no longer up, but “post-abortion stress syndrome,” a pro-life invention, is not and has never been included in the DSM.)

I honestly have no idea how people can actually believe “post-birth abortion” is a thing, much less something that Planned Parenthood advocates for. You’ll need to provide proof of this claim and the one-child restriction, because I can’t prove something isn’t happening if there’s no evidence it’s happening in the first place.

A simple Google search will turn up multiple Planned Parenthood locations with both in-person and phone counseling for post-abortion and other needs. If they don’t have the resources to offer it themselves, Planned Parenthood’s page on Thinking About Abortion refers to Exhale’s hotline; Western Pennsylvania’s center, Portland’s center, and St. Louis’ center all offer counseling in their clinics.

I am very tired of pro-life junk science being touted as legitimate. I even wrote a whole article on determining whether studies are valid for this exact reason!