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Week of 7.20.07

Post-Abortion Politics

Does abortion cause long-term emotional and psychological problems for women? This week NOW introduces viewers to a new front in the effort to end abortions in the United States: claims of extreme negative effects on a woman's mental health.

Once focusing primarily on the unborn child, anti-abortion advocates see new hope in an argument that focuses on the women who've made or are about to make a fateful decision. All sides of the debate have been listening and weighing in, including the Supreme Court.

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Canadian Medical Association Journal: "Psychiatric Admissions of Low-income Women Following Abortion and Childbirth"

States requiring abortion-performing doctors to warn women about possible psychological harm (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
States requiring abortion-performing doctors to warn women about possible psychological harm (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Canadian Medical Association Journal: Editorial "Unwanted Results: The Ethics of Controversial Research"

Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: "False and Misleading Health Information Provided by Federally Funded Pregnancy Resource Centers"[pdf]

Guttmacher Policy Review: "Abortion and Mental Health—Myths and Realities"

The Justice Foundation

National Abortion Rights Action League

The New York Times: Letter to the Editor by American Psychiatric Association's President-Elect Dr. Nada Stotland [pdf]

States with bills pending that would require women to have an ultrasound prior to an abortion (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
States with bills pending that would require women to have an ultrasound prior to an abortion (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
On the Issues: Supreme Court Justices' Abortion Views

Operation Outcry

The Post Abortion Review: "Their Deepest Wound," David C. Reardon's Views on Lorena Bobbitt's Abortion

U.S. Supreme Court: Opinion "Gonzales v. Carhart"

Texas Legislature: Senator Dan Patrick's "Ultrasound Requirement Bill" [pdf]

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