Just over a year ago, I reported on the creation by the American Psychological Association of a task force to study the mental health issues related to abortion.
The task force is slated to report findings at the August, 2008 annual convention. I have obtained letters of concern regarding the timing and composition of the task from a group called Consistent Life. Their mission statement reads:
We are committed to the protection of life, which is threatened in today’s world by war, abortion, poverty, racism, capital punishment and euthanasia. We believe that these issues are linked under a ‘consistent ethic of life’. We challenge those working on all or some of these issues to maintain a cooperative spirit of peace, reconciliation, and respect in protecting the unprotected.
The first letter is here.
APA President Alan Kazdin replied here.
Consistent Life then wrote a follow up response.
The report is not available to the public as yet but will probably be made public during the APA convention. I will be surprised if the report provides reasonable guidelines for informing women of potential risks associated with abortion.