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  Remembering an American hero: George Tiller

We continue to mourn the loss of our friend and colleague, Dr. George Tiller. Dr. Tiller was a dedicated physician who provided quality abortion care to women, at great personal sacrifice and risk. He is truly a hero to his fellow abortion providers and his patients. Dr. Tiller’s office is filled with letters from women, thanking him for the excellent, compassionate care he provided. Many of these women say Dr. Tiller saved their lives.

Since his tragic death, we have received messages from some of his patients and from people around the world who are saddened and outraged. We feel it is important to share these words and tributes to our beloved colleague and friend. For the first time, we will enable comments on our blog so that all of you can share your condolences or offer memories of Dr. Tiller. We invite you to join us in honoring a true American hero, Dr. George Tiller.

Post your comments, condolences, and personal memories of Dr. Tiller

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

“Post-Abortion Syndrome” Myth Based on Faulty Science

The myth that women who choose abortion experience subsequent mental health problems has no valid scientific basis, according to a new study published in this month’s Contraception. Through a literature analysis, researchers found that high quality studies reflected no significant difference between the mental health of women who have had abortions and those who have not. The researchers reviewed 21 studies on the relationship between abortion and mental health conducted between January 1989 and August 2008.

"A clear trend emerges … [that] the highest quality studies had findings that were mostly neutral,” and "making policy recommendations such as the enforcement of so-called ‘informed consent’ laws (which often provide misinformation regarding mental health risks of abortion) is unwarranted based on the current state of the evidence," the researchers concluded.

In August, the American Psychological Association drew similar conclusions after spending two years analyzing more than 150 studies.

>Learn more about the “Post-Abortion Syndrome” myth.

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