A new study of New Zealanders purports to show that womean who have abortions are more likely to suffer from depression and addiction. The 500 Kiwis were interviewed 6 times in 15 years, which is hardly enough to determine whether they had previous mental health problems, and are counted — for the purposes of the addiction question — with women who suffered miscarriages. In addition, no one thought to ask them whether getting pregnant accounted for part of their distress nor were they controlled for prior mental health issues. Of course, none of this means that anti-choicers won't use the study to tell us how terrible we will feel when we murder the Children of the Jeebus residing in our uteri. [University of Otago]
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