Saturday, August 16, 2008

Pro-reality bias

When it comes to accurate and intelligent analysis of the psychological impact of abortion, who ya gonna believe? The American Psychological Association?
"There is no credible evidence that a single elective abortion of an unwanted pregnancy in and of itself causes mental health problems for adult women, according to a draft report released Tuesday by a task force of the American Psychological Association."
...or the drooling, shrieking fetus fetishists at the "Institute for Integrated Social Analysis"? (The name gets top marks for creativity.)

As soon as the APA press release was published, you just knew that anti-choice nitwits would start coming up with reasons not to believe the APA's findings. That's all good and well -- there's nothing wrong with questioning studies, and *heaven knows* I'm as opposed to biased research as anyone. But if "pro-life insiders" thought the APA's research methodology was problematic, why weren't they screaming about it months ago? In fact, anti-choicers have been waiting for the APA's study with hyperventilating anticipation -- the bitching only started when they found out that things weren't swinging their way. From which we can safely conclude:

(1) They don't really care about bias, as long as they like the results, or

(2) Allegations of bias are bullshit, based on lame complaints like "there weren't any pro-lifers on the panel". Well, no shit Sherlock. Like they'd have anything of value to add, given that they lift their "information" from propaganda websites like this.

The APA's research probably is biased: it has a "pro-reality" bias in that they managed to keep squealing fetus fetishists from fucking it up completely. Certainly my own non-scientific, anecdotal evidence supports their findings. Negative psychological impact? Hell, I was doing cartwheels on my way out of the clinic. If that's negative psychological impact, I'll take it.