A few months ago the American Psychological Association (APA) released a report claiming abortion was not detrimental to women's mental health.
Many professionals and women who have had abortions found this claim incredible. A group of 100 scientists, medical and mental health experts released a statement strongly disagreeing with this conclusion which has been roundly refuted by the testimony of many post-abortive women.
An APA member and insider, Dr. Rachel M. MacNair, went on record stating this finding was politically motivated and based on very shallow research.
A new report was just released today and published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. The study was headed by Dr. Priscilla Coleman, a professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Bowling Green State University, along with Catherine Coyle of Edgewood College, researcher Martha Shuping and psychologist Dr. Vincent Rue.
As LifeNews reports, the results were pretty startling:
The researchers found women who had abortions, compared with those who didn't had a 120% risk for alcohol abuse, with or without dependence, a 145% increased risk of alcohol dependence, 79% increased risk of drug abuse with or without dependence and a 126% increase in the risk of drug dependence.
For mood disorders, the experience of an abortion increased risk of developing bipolar disorder by 167%, major depression without hierarchy by 45% and major depression with hierarchy by 48%.
For anxiety disorders, there was a 111% increased risk for panic disorders, 44% increased risk for panic attacks, 59% increased risk for PTSD, 95% increased risk for agoraphobia with or without panic disorder and a 93% increased risk for agoraphobia without panic disorder.
Overall, mental health problems rose 17 percent in post-abortive women compared to women who haven't had an abortion. The LifeNews article also says the risks of each particular mental health problem rose as high as 145% for post-abortive women.
Unfortunately many "professionals" expect average people in the public to kneel in worship at the altar of their degrees and other credentials, but findings such as the one released by the APA a few months ago simply don't pass the smell test--even for ordinary people.
When professional organizations make what are obviously politically motivated statements, they not only put people at risk, they also squander their own credibility.
With the number of propaganda pronouncements coming from the medical community in the past few decades, it won't be long before their "professional" opinion is totally worthless.