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New study debunks link between abortion and mental health problems

Guttmacher Institute has a new report out about a study that tried to replicate the findings of research claiming a higher incidence of mental health problems among women having abortions.

In a new analysis, Julia Steinberg, of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Lawrence Finer, of the Guttmacher Institute, show that the findings of a 2009 study by Priscilla Coleman et al—which claimed that women who had reported an abortion were at an increased risk of several anxiety, mood and substance use disorders, compared with women who had never had an abortion—are not replicable.

This is a common finding with ideologically driven research. When another team of researchers attempts to replicate the ...

Guttmacher Institute has a new report out about a study that tried to replicate the findings of research claiming a higher incidence of mental health problems among women having abortions.

In a new analysis, Julia ...

8 Isn’t the Magic Number

Insomniacs and night owls rejoice! Researchers from the UC San Diego School of Medicine conducted a long term study to monitor the effects of sleep on longevity among women, and found that the women who had between 5 and 6.5 hours of sleep lived the longest. Whhhhhhhatttttt? (Insert Lil Jon voice)

For years, the common refrain has been that without 8 hours of sleep on a regular basis then you will be a wrinkly old broad that could keel over at any moment. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic but really, I don’t know many women (or anyone for that matter) that get 8 hours of sleep every night especially here in NYC. ...

Insomniacs and night owls rejoice! Researchers from the UC San Diego School of Medicine conducted a long term study to monitor the effects of sleep on longevity among women, ...

Teen Depression and Abortion Not Linked

A new study from Oregon State University shows that teens who have abortions are no more likely to be depressed or have low self-esteem than teens whose pregnancies do not end in abortion. This is the latest evidence in an ongoing debate about connections between mental health and abortion. Although in a 2008 study the American Psychological Association found no evidence between mental health and abortion, there had not been any official studies done on teens until now.

This is good news that legislators and experts can point to when states debate the utility of pre-abortion counseling and ultrasound requirements, especially if Republican and Tea Party candidates push abortion as a central issue in the mid-term elections.

The Guttmacher ...

A new study from Oregon State University shows that teens who have abortions are no more likely to be depressed or have low self-esteem than teens whose pregnancies do not end in abortion. This is ...

Analysis at the intersection of racial justice and LGBT activism


The Applied Research Center and the Arcus Foundation just released a report called “Better Together: Research Findings on the Relationship between Racial Justice Organizations and LGBT Communities. It is a result of surveys and interviews with more than 80 organizations and 30 key leaders. The announcement explains:

There are damaging perceptions about LGBT communities and racial justice groups, specifically that LGBT identity and politics are for white people and that communities of color are disproportionately homophobic. ‘These myths harm LGBT communities of color and continue to be perpetuated by divisive, politically motivated platforms such as the Proposition 8 Campaign,’ says Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director of ARC.

It’s nice to see more analysis of the activism happening ...


The Applied Research Center and the Arcus Foundation just released a report called “Better Together: Research Findings on the Relationship between Racial Justice Organizations and LGBT Communities. It is a result of surveys ...

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