Danish Study on Mental Health After Abortion

In January the New England Journal of Medicine published a study by Danish researchers that concluded that there is no increased incident of mental disorders for women after an abortion procedure. That’s good news and affirming to those who are pro-abortion/in denial of their own personal pain or culpability/financial benefactors of the procedures.

But, is it true?

Well, there are a lot of studies that would counter what these researchers concluded. Good internet search skills will help you find them. There are good responses available to the accuracy of the methodology employed by the Danish team. See Dr. Priscilla Coleman’s article, for example. It would be important to note, too, that the higher incident of post-partum emotional difficulty is easier to track because mothers with infants are frequently visiting their children’s physicians for well-baby care and illness. It is common for pediatricians and family practice physicians to inquire of the mother’s well-being as a means of assessing the infant’s level of care.

When I looked at the online abstract, there is a disclosure form which each of the contributors had to fill out. Several news outlets did a good job of explaining the funding by the Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation. What I noticed was Section 4. Other Relationships. Here the individual researchers had to answer the question: “Are there other relationships or activities that readers could perceive to have influenced, or that give the appearance of potentially influencing, what you wrote in the submitted work?”

Every co-author checked “No.”

The bias associated with the aftermath of abortion is not to be overlooked. It has to be addressed head-on in order for the truth to emerge. In my opinion, these researchers should have been asked to answer the following questions:

1.     Have you had an abortion?

2.     Have you assisted in an abortion at any time during your medical training?

3.     Have you encouraged a friend or family member to have an abortion? Have you paid for such a procedure yourself, or offered monies towards a payment?

4.     When in your residency/training, were you instructed by your supervisors to tell women that any emotional or mental health problems that they encountered after an abortion were not do to the procedure itself, but rather to some other pre-disposing condition or event in their life?

5.     Must a woman present at a psychiatric level of need before it can be said that abortion affected her negatively?

6.     Do you believe the death of a child, whether from natural or unnatural causes, does not affect the emotional and psychological well-being of the mother (and other close family relationships)?

The answers to these questions may, in part, explain the conclusions of the research. And they may likewise lead to honest research that examines all paramaters of life after an abortion, both in the short and long-term.

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