Dorries has once again misrepresented the risk of mental health problems to women having abortions.
In this article Dorries is quoted as saying,
“Women don’t know that they have a 30 per cent chance of experiencing mental health problems after having an abortion”.
There is a massive difference between:
30% of women having had an abortion have mental health problems [Dorries’ claim]
the risk of their suffering mental health problems is increased by 30% [research finding – see background information]
When will Dorries start to tell the truth on this matter?
Although at one point in a speech to parliament she described the research accurately at another point she greatly exaggerated the risk.
I wrote, initially quoting Dorries,
“A major longitudinal 30-year survey published in The British Journal of Psychiatry in 2008 showed clearly-after adjustment for confounding variables-that women who had had abortions had rates of mental disorder 30% higher than women who had not.”
to which I said,
‘This accurately reflects the position of the authors. Woman who had had abortions were 30% more likely to suffer from a mental disorder than women who had not had an abortion.’
However in the same speech she said,
“Given the disregard that we have for women seeking this procedure, I am surprised that that figure stands at only 30%. We push vulnerable women through a clinical procedure at great speed to end a life-or, as I said, a potential life-that is growing within them, and we wonder why only 30% have problems in later life [my underlining].”
to which I wrote,
“You have claimed incorrectly that 30% of women having had an abortion have mental health problems rather than the risk of their suffering mental health problems is increased by 30%. Your error suggests that the likelihood of suffering mental health issues as a result of an abortion is much greater than it actually is.”
I wrote pointing out this error to Dorries but I received no reply.