Post-Abortion Group Urges APA to Review New Abortion-Depression Link Study

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 8, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Post-Abortion Group Urges APA to Review New Abortion-Depression Link Study

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 8
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — A post-abortion group that represents millions of women who regret their abortions is urging the American Psychological Association to take into consideration a new study showing a link between abortion and depression when it releases its new report on post-abortion consequences.

As reported, the Norwegian study, reported in the Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, a peer-reviewed medical journal, showed the link.

The authors make the link clear in the conclusion of the abstract: "Young adult women who undergo induced abortion may be at increased risk for subsequent depression."

Leaders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign told on Friday that the study clearly shows a link between abortion and subsequent mental health problems.

“Next week the APA may adopt a new report on the link between abortion and health problems such as depression,” explains Janet Morana, a co-founder of the group.

“New research from Norway reconfirms what women across America already know all too well – abortion doesn’t end your problems, it creates new ones. The APA needs to ignore political pressure and report the truth about abortion’s painful aftermath," she said.

Political pressure is just what concerns the organization, which worries the American Psychological Association will hide the risks of abortion when it releases a new report this month.

“Abortion is not just a life terminating experience for the baby, it’s a life altering one for the mother,” says Georgette Forney, another co-founder of the post-abortion group who had an abortion as a teenager.

“The APA cannot continue to ignore study after study and pretend that eliminating a child from your life is consequence-free. It will be interesting to see if a pro-abortion bias will continue to trump science and women’s realities when the psychologists meet next week," she told

Last year, the psychological group began a new review of abortion and emotional issues.

The APA created a task force to review all the existing research regarding the negative psychological consequences following abortion. Based on their evaluation of the data, they will release a report that will influence their members and the media for years to come.

The liberal pro-life group Consistent Life is concerned that the APA has taken a pro-abortion position since 1969 "and therefore has a clear political stand."

It complained that the task force had no call for nominations and was composed of "strong public advocates of the pro-choice view."

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