By Diogenes (articles ) | December 05, 2008 2:35 PM
Dr. Robert Blum has placed his rubber-stamp of approval on a new oh-so-very-scientific study concluding that women who procure abortions do not have significant psychological after-effects. The study was done by scholars at Johns Hopkins University, in a program that is subsidized by Planned Parenthood of Maryland. Dr. Blum himself is the former chairman of the board of the Guttmacher Institute, a Planned Parenthood spin-off; he has served as an expert witness for abortionists challenging parental-consent laws.
What do you suppose would happen if another scientific study reached the opposite conclusion, and it emerged that the research was sponsored by the National Right to Life Committee and headed by the chairman of a crisis-pregnancy center? For one thing, that study wouldn't have been included in the Johns Hopkins research. The Family Research Council notes:
Not surprisingly, the Hopkins study is severely tainted by the team's pro-abortion bias. As our experts have been quick to point out, Blum's review of 21 surveys conveniently omitted the stacks of research published in peer-reviewed journals that showed an association between abortion and negative mental health effects.
Dr. Blum explains that studies finding psychological damage from abortion are "politically motivated." And he isn't?
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