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Expert: Results of Study Claiming No Abortion Regrets Are Meaningless

Yesterday we linked to a story (http://ow.ly/3y8FiB) in TIME Magazine reporting on the Planned Parenthood protests. The online story dedicated less than 100 words to reporting on the protests and finished up with a 32-word statement from Planned Parenthood. They also included a “related news” link to a story titled “Why we still need fetal tissue research.”  Finally they tacked on a video below the story called “Study Finds Most Women Don’t Regret Getting an Abortion.” The study mentioned in the video has been thoroughly debunked as you can see below. It took us about 20 minutes to find this story. It’s too bad TIME researchers didn’t have the time to at least present a story about the serious flaw in the methodology of this so-called study.

Activists hold signs reading "I regret my abortion" during the annual March for Life rally on the National Mall in Washington Jan. 25. Pope Benedict XVI expressed support for anti-abortion demonstrators marking the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters) (Jan. 25, 2013) See MARCH-SPEECHES, MARCH COLOR Jan. 25, 2013.
Activists hold signs reading “I regret my abortion” during the annual March for Life rally on the National Mall in Washington Jan. 25. Pope Benedict XVI expressed support for anti-abortion demonstrators marking the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters) (Jan. 25, 2013) See MARCH-SPEECHES, MARCH COLOR Jan. 25, 2013.

The PLoS ONE study titled “Decision Rightness and Emotional Responses to Abortion in the United States: A Longitudinal Study,” is riddled with serious design flaws that render the results meaningless. The problematic issues are described in detail below, followed by evidence that the true motivation for publishing the study is likely political. In recent years, credible science has informed policy with 26 states now requiring information regarding mental health effects be shared with women considering abortion. This study is a poor attempt to provide counter “evidence” and obscure the reality of women’s suffering, reminiscent of the highly flawed research from the 1970s and 80s.

Methodological Issues

1)  As reported by the authors, the consent to participate rate is only 37.5 percent. This is unacceptable, as the missing 62.5 percent who were approached and declined were likely the women who had the most adverse psychological reactions to their abortions. With sensitive topic research, securing a high initial consent rate is vitally important, and in order to approach being representative, a minimum of 70 percent should be retained.

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