Two informal surveys about abortion are now online (see links below), posted by a researcher who actually wants to learn something.
New Hampshire public health officials do not require reporting of abortion’s aftereffects on a woman. So far, the objections of abortion providers have been enough to dissuade the legislature from demanding this information about women’s health.
Getting reports of physical injury, difficult as that may be, would be a cinch compared to getting reports of psychological sequelae. One researcher who has attempted to review available information worldwide on this is Priscilla Coleman, Ph.D., of Bowling Green University. She has been roundly criticized for her efforts (see the replies to her meta-analysis of the available literature here). She now believes that a woman’s abortion dramatically increases the woman’s chance of mental health problems. She is concerned enough about this to want to learn more. She has posted two informal online surveys – yes, informal, although lengthy – because she wants to hear more from women who have confronted abortion.
This information is for you, if the situation applies, and for anyone you know to whom these may apply:
If you have considered abortion, to the point of receiving counseling, but chose not to have one, survey is here. If the link takes you to mid-survey, you should be able to navigate to the beginning.
If you have had an abortion, survey is here.
I would love to see ongoing longitudinal studies of post-abortive women, with all the proper controls. What I’d like even more is for public health authorities to acknowledge that an individual woman’s health is just as important when she gets an abortion as it is when she gets a flu shot. We know more about flu shot complications than we do about abortion complications. To the extent that Dr. Coleman is trying to change that, good for her.