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"Postabortion Depression": Clarification from the APA

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - The Washington Report in the July issue of Psychiatric Times ("Postpartum Depression Bill Likely to Move Forward", Psychiatric Times, July 2007) described the Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act (HR 20), which was introduced by Rep Bobby Rush (D, Ill). I testified in support of this important bill at the committee hearing on behalf of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Although the Washington Report used the term "postabortion depression," this is a term to which the APA objected. There is no credible scientific evidence for such a diagnostic category or for a causal relationship between abortion and mental illness.

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