In yet another example of the right’s perceived governmental intrusion into our personal lives Louisiana state Representative Barry Ivey (R-Baton Rouge) has introduced the bill HB1262, which would require that before an abortion, the provider would have to supply a woman with a pamphlet describing the harmful effects that an abortion will have on her mental health.
Not surprisingly, the bill completely ignores the science shows women who have had abortions are at no greater risk of mental health problems than women who have never had one.
The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health in the U.K. analyzed 44 studies conducted around the world from 1990 to 2011, concluding that women who have had an abortion are no more likely to experience mental health issues such as anxiety and depression than women who have not.
In general, 11 to 12 percent of women can be expected to experience a mental health issue such as depression at some point in their lives, while that number rises to almost one-third in women who are experiencing an unwanted pregnancy. Among those who went on to have an abortion, the numbers with mental health issues were no greater than the general population of women.
Should this bill become law, women will be required to sign a statement attesting to the fact that they were supplied with the pamphlet at least 24 hours prior to undergoing the procedure. The pamphlet would cover the alleged psychological effects of abortion as well as coerced abortion and sex trafficking.
Under the provisions of the bill, the pamphlet would be developed by a panel composed of state Senators and Representatives along with representatives of anti choice groups. No input from pro choice groups or abortion providers would be allowed a position on the panel.
h/t: Daily KOS