On Validity in Research
Keith Cassidy, a professor of history at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and board member of the deVeber Institute, had this to say about research on life issues:
“The life issues which have in large measure engaged the attention of the deVeber Institute – abortion and euthanasia – have a particular fascination for an historian. Proponents of abortion rights have stressed the evolution of both religious and secular law’s treatment of abortion and argued that there is no warrant for asserting that there is an unvarying “pro-life” tradition in Western culture. Indeed the pro-choice account of the historical record played an important role in the U.S. Supreme Court’s justification for its decision in Roe v. Wade.
How accurate is that account? Recent scholarship throws it into very serious question. Thus Joseph Dellapenna’s monumental (1283 pages) study, Dispelling the Myths of Abortion History, (2006) demonstrates that the protection of fetal life was in fact a concern of law from the earliest period, and that much of the historical writing relied upon by the Supreme Court is erroneous. As he puts it “the prohibition of abortion was always viewed as the protection of emerging, yet real, human life.”
If a woman has a surgical abortion, does she increase her future risk of a premature delivery or, more importantly, does she boost her later odds of a very preterm birth (under 33 weeks' gestation)? Preterm newborn children have a higher risk of the 'MACE' disorders (Mental retardation, Autism, Cerebral palsy, Epilepsy) and other risks (blindness, deafness, lung injury, 'gut' problems, serious infections, etc.).
The average doctor can not be expected to keep track of the over 130 published studies of the abortion-preemie risk, but he/she can read abortion-preemie extensive review studies. In the 21st century there have been three such studies.
“I want to live!”
Mary was 12 years old when she presented at my office in 1971 with a Wilm’s tumour of her kidney, which had spread to her liver and lungs. She had only a 10% chance of a long-term remission with chemotherapy and surgery. Understandably, her parents were upset, and given the serious side effects that I described, they questioned the reason for treatment with such a poor prognosis. However, they finally agreed to her treatment.
A study by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario revealed that women who had abortions had a 5 times increase in hospitalizations for psychiatric problems than a control population.
We have found that induced abortion does affect women’s mental health.
“The Order of Canada is supposed to recognize the best effort of Canadians, and I don’t believe that Morgentaler’s work represents the best that we have to offer as Canadians and to Canadian women.
The claim is made that this is a reward for improving the health of Canadian women. In fact, those who, like Morgentaler, run abortion clinics are not in a position to make a claim as to the health of women after they leave the clinic. Any health or psychological repercussions are dealt with by emergency departments or psychiatric departments, or other hospitals or doctors, but never do women return with their problems to the clinics. Clinics, in fact, have no idea as to the condition of women after the abortion.”
680 Radio, July, 2008.