The Eighth Circuit Court dealt a blow to women's rights last week in upholding South Dakota's 2005 misinformed consent law on abortion. Sarah Stoesz of our regional Planned Parenthood finds some cause for relief in the court's rejection of at least one of the lies our legislators tried to force down women's throats:
As the major medical organizations have found, and as the court agreed today, the scientific and medical evidence shows that women who choose abortion are not at increased risk for mental health problems [Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, press release, 2011.09.06].
Steve Sibson blasts Stoesz and the courts as destroyers of at least Two Commandments and enthusiastically cites the latest lies from the Priscilla Colemanâ€“David Reardon bogus science factory:
A new study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry by leading American researcher Dr. Priscilla Coleman of Bowling Green State University finds women who have an abortion face almost double the risk of mental health problems as women who have their baby.
Colemanâ€™s study is based on an analysis of 22 separate studies which, in total, examine the pregnancy experiences of 877,000 women, with 163,831 women having an abortion. The study also indicated abortion accounts for one in ten of every adverse mental health issue women face as a whole [Steven Ertelt, "Abortion Increases Risk of Women's Mental Health Problems 81%," LifeNews.com, 2011.09.01].
I've documented previously that Coleman is notorious for sloppy methodology. Along with collaborator David Reardon, Coleman cranks out fraudulent analysis intended solely to give the American Taliban rhetorical ammunition.Â More than half of the articles in Coleman's meta-study have either her or Reardon as an author.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists agrees that Coleman's latest article isn't the grand triumph of science Sibby wants us to believe it is:
Three previously published systematic reviews and the RCOG guideline development group (who reviewed all available literature up to February 2011) have concluded that women who have an abortion are not at increased risk of mental health problems when compared with women who continue an unintended pregnancy and have a baby.
One of this paperâ€™s findings points to increased substance misuse and suicidal behaviours among the groups of women.Â What this research does notÂ fullyexamine is if these women had pre-existing mental health complications such as dependency issues and mood disorders before the abortion [Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, "RCOG statement on BJPsych paper on mental health risks and abortion," 2011.09.01].
The Royal College of Psychiatrists, which publishes the journal carrying Coleman's latest trickery, provides plenty of evidence that her meta-analysis includes lots of shaky data:
As luck would have it, 21 of the 22 studies included in Colemanâ€™s paper were assessed and graded by RCPsych in its review â€“ one study, a 2009 paper by Priscilla Coleman, does not appear anywhere in the RCPsych review, not even in the list of excluded studies, which suggests that it failed to meet any of RCPsychâ€™s inclusion criteria.
Of the 21 studies that were graded, only 1 study was graded as â€˜Very Goodâ€™ and this contributed only 1 of the 36 results included in Colemanâ€™s paper. Nine studies were graded as being of â€˜Fairâ€™ quality, five were graded as being â€˜Poorâ€™, one was graded â€˜Very Poorâ€™ and five were ungraded and excluded from all three analyses because their either failed to provide any usable data or because they used an inappropriate method of assessing/measuring mental health throughout ["Garbage In,
Bulls*** Out," Ministry of Truth, 2011.09.07].
Just the fact that we have to take time to shout back at such fraudulent science is a small victory for the Colemans, Reardons, Sibsons, and Unruhs. But we can't stop shouting. We must continue to fight this regime of fraud and and moral oppression that will use any means necessary to pervert the Constitution into their puritanial world order.
Update 21:47 MDT:Â Sibby responds that I'm the one perpetuating injustice on women. I raise an eyebrow and invite further comment.