Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and The Guttmacher Institute debunked a 2009 study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research linking abortions to mental health issues.
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“This is not a scholarly difference of opinion, their facts were flatly wrong,” Steinberg said. “This was an abuse of the scientific process to reach conclusions that are not supported by the data. The shifting explanations and misleading statements that they offered over the past two years served to mask their serious methodological errors.”
The press release also slammed Coleman’s work, citing that she chose to draw conclusions despite not distinguishing “between mental health outcomes that occurred before abortions and those that occurred afterward.”
Anti-abortion activists have cited Coleman’s research as helping in their propaganda, with the faulty information also spread by federally and state-funded crisis pregnancy centers.
The truth is, there is no data suggesting a connection between abortion and increased risk of mental health issues. Coleman, et al, blurred their data and skewed their results in an effort to prove the point that would suit their personal moral beliefs and to support state laws in seven states.