It is Fun With Headlines Day at the Times (yeah, yeah, like every day is Children's Day). Here we go:
Abortion Is Found to Have Little Effect on Women’s Mental Health
I know what you're thinking, if you're thinking like me - an alternative and more honest headline would be:
Abortion Is Found By Pro-Choice Researchers to Have Little Effect on Women’s Mental Health
Hey, part of the price Dems pay for their takeover of the social sciences is their loss of credibility. On rare occasions I am wrong but my preferred starting point for studies like this is to assume that they were designed by lefties and peer-reviewed by lefties.
However! Careful readers will discern an interesting point that the Times buries in literally the last paragraph. From the intro:
Some states require women seeking abortions to be counseled that they might develop mental health problems. Now a new study, considered to be the most rigorous to look at the question in the United States, undermines that claim. Researchers followed nearly 1,000 women who sought abortions nationwide for five years and found that those who had the procedure did not experience more depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or dissatisfaction with life than those who were denied it.
There is an obvious problem the Times alludes to later - this study is looking at women who considered abortion to be a sensible choice and comparing the mental health impact of allowing or denying that choice. But what about women who never contemplated abortion?
But set that aside for a moment. Here is the Times final paragraph, although you have probably beaten me to the subtle point:
Dr. Biggs said the study suggested that “expanding access to abortion care is more likely to protect women’s mental health than restricting women’s access to abortion care,” but she also noted some results that “might not be very pro-choicy.” Those included that none of the groups differed in experiencing depression, and that women denied abortions did not have “more long-term negative mental health consequences.”
Hmm, so the Times editors carefully considered this headline - "Abortion Restrictions Are Found to Have Little Effect on Women’s Mental Health" before going the other way. LOL.
LOOSE ENDS: So what about the alternative group of women who never considered abortion to be an option? From the Times:
Other studies compared women who had abortions with women who chose to give birth, two groups considered so different that many experts said little could be learned from comparing them.
Well, yeah. These aren't controlled experiments where we force earnest Mormon girls to have abortions and require young women from the Upper West Side to carry their babies to term (sorry, fetuses, or whatever the politically correct phrase is).