Did Barack Obama vote to withhold treatment to infants surviving abortion?

This question continues to dog the Obama campaign and now the National Right to Life organization has amassed documentation regarding the claim and the Obama response.Rather than reproduce it all here, I am going to post the link and comment more a bit later.Click here to read the NRTL news release.The Weekly Standard has some reporting on this issue as well.Jill Stanek, the Illinois nurse who blew the whistle on infants left to die has ongoing coverage of this … [Read more...]

PA's Tom Ridge McCain's VP choice?

Jake Tapper at Political Punch makes an plausible observation regarding McCain's VP choice. Tom Ridge may turn out to reminisce the role of George Bush the First in the McCain campaign. George Bush was a moderate on abortion who was tapped by ardently pro-life Ronald Reagan to be his Vice-president. Could Ridge fill a similar role for McCain? … [Read more...]

Obama and McCain at Saddleback church

Barack Obama and John McCain answered the same questions from pastor Rick Warren tonight regarding a wide range of issues at the Saddleback Civil Forum.Televised by CNN and FOXNews, I thought the format was well-conceived and allowed viewers to compare candidates on the same questions.One controversy which was immediate was Barack Obama's reply to the question, "when does a baby qualify for human rights?" Obama took an agnostic position saying theologically and scientifically the … [Read more...]

News coverage of the APA Mental Health and Abortion Task Force report

I have several posts about the APA task force report and will have more to come. I have been following this story since late 2005, when David Fergusson's research finding a link between abortion and negative outcomes first hit the landscape. I have written four op-eds about the matter and will have a couple more at least. This is an intriguing study in how the APA makes policy. For myself as well as for readers who are keeping up with the issue here, I am posting links to various media reports … [Read more...]

Allegations cloud APA Mental Health and Abortion report

The APA Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion was chaired by Dr. Brenda Major, psychology professor from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The same day the APA Council of Representatives approved the report, the Elliot Institute's David Reardon released the following presse release. The release claims Dr. Major did not release data, collected with help of a federal grant, when requested. APA ethics guidelines would require the sharing of such data. This is relevant since Dr. … [Read more...]

David Fergusson reacts to the APA Mental Health and Abortion task force report

I asked New Zealand researcher, David Fergusson, about the APA Mental Health and Abortion task force report out today. He was one of 20 reviewers who commented extensively on the draft report. I specifically asked him what he thought of this statement from Task Force chair, Brenda Major in a Reuter's report:"The best scientific evidence published indicates that among adult women who have an unplanned pregnancy, the relative risk of mental health problems is no greater if they have a single … [Read more...]

Early reaction to the APA Mental Health and Abortion report

When this New York Times article was released, the APA report had not been approved. … [Read more...]

APA abortion and mental health report: Single abortion not a threat to women's mental health

No surprises here. This news release from the APA was distributed late this evening.FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETuesday, Aug. 12, 2008Contact: Kim I. Mills(202) 336-6048(571) 216-5596 - cellAPA TASK FORCE FINDS SINGLE ABORTION NOT A THREAT TO WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTHCalls for Better-Designed Future ResearchBOSTON – There is no credible evidence that a single elective abortion of an unwanted pregnancy in and of itself causes mental health problems for adult women, acc … [Read more...]


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