Myths about abortion and women’s mental health are widespread, experts say

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN
Sun July 3, 2022

It's an unfounded message experts say is repeated again and again: Having an abortion may damage a woman's mental health, perhaps for years.

“There's so much misinformation, so many
myths about abortion. Abortion will lead to substance abuse, depression,
suicidal thoughts; abortion is bad for your health; every woman is going to
regret it," said social psychologist Brenda Major, a distinguished professor
emeritus in the department of psychological and brain sciences at the
University of California, Santa Barbara.

Texas – Abortion Restrictions Rob Our Patients of Self-Determination

— Pregnancy decisions should be up to women and the doctors who care for them

by Andrea Palmer, MD
April 7, 2022

It was a usual Tuesday afternoon. I was wrapping up my clinic, glancing at the inpatient census to see what call might have in store for me, and taking a quick look at tomorrow's schedule. I noticed with delight a familiar patient, Josie*, scheduled for a new OB appointment. She and her husband had come in recently to discuss an infertility workup, but it's always nice when couples get pregnant before needing interventions.

Call came and went, and the following day I was in the middle of running errands when I got a frantic flurry of texts from Sarah, my amazing NP who (graciously) does my new OB appointments. Unfortunately, her texts didn't arrive with joyful news. Josie confided in Sarah information she had not been able to share with anyone else. Not her friends, family, husband, or the authorities.


USA – Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Money for Nothing

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Money for Nothing
Despite unprecedented taxpayer investment, state-funded crisis pregnancy centers deliver few services

By Mary Tuma
Fri., July 20, 2018

"They won't tell you this wherever they do these things, but it's a very big risk. You may never be able to conceive children. There's about a 90% chance you may never be able to have children down that road."

That was one of the misleading and deceptive messages imparted to Laura Gor­sky and Breanne Wenke by crisis pregnancy center counselors during a March visit to the TruCare pregnancy resource center in South Austin. While there, Gorsky and Wenke were also sold a slew of other medically unproven information about abortion, including negative mental side effects and emotional distress, false claims debunked by the American Psychological Association. The procedure, they were warned, was "very painful," and they would "hear the vacuum sucking the fetus out."


Australia – Here’s Why Mamamia Just Deleted An Article About Abortion

Here's Why Mamamia Just Deleted An Article About Abortion
The article does not quote a single medical professional or psychologist.

April 22, 2018
Gina Rushton, BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

Australian opinion and lifestyle website Mamamia this morning deleted an article about post-abortion syndrome (PAS), a condition that is oft-cited by anti-choice groups and church-backed "crisis pregnancy centres", but one which is widely discredited by scientific research and medical professionals.

"Mamamia has always been well known for its pro-choice stance and we have an 11-year history of content and advocacy in this area," managing editor Leigh Campbell told BuzzFeed News on Monday morning. "We have made the decision to remove this story while we further investigate its provenance."


No Two Sides About It – Being Anti-choice is Anti-Science

No Two Sides About It - Being Anti-choice is Anti-Science

by Caroline Reilly
Published on June 21, 2017

Over the last three months, the New York Times Opinion page has run not one but three anti-abortion op-eds riddled with misinformation, pseudoscience, and outright falsehoods. On February 27, the Times published “How the New Feminist Movement Leaves Out American Women,” an article by Lauren Enriquez, a public relations manager at Human Coalition, a pro-life nonprofit that calls abortion “the worst holocaust in human history ” on the homepage of their website, comparing it to murder. Exactly a month later, they published “To Win Again, Democrats Must Stop Being the Abortion Party,” in which Boston College theology and religious education professor Thomas Groome claimed Clinton’s allegiance to pro-choice values partially led to her loss to Donald Trump. And in May, a second article written by someone affiliated with the Human Coalition found its way to the op-ed page. In “The Problem with Linking Abortion and Economics,” Lori Szala, the national director of client services at Human Coalition, argues that asserting a link between economics and abortion is “patronizing, and patently dishonest.”

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