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APA Makes a Statement on the Supreme Court's Abortion Ruling

The American Psychological Association (APA) issued a statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:

‘This ruling ignores not only precedent but science, and will exacerbate the mental health crisis America is already experiencing,’ said APA President Frank C. Worrell, PhD. ‘We are alarmed that the justices would nullify Roe despite decades of scientific research demonstrating that people who are denied abortions are more likely to experience higher levels of anxiety, lower life satisfaction and lower self-esteem compared with those who are able to obtain abortions.’ …

Research also demonstrates a strong relationship between unwanted pregnancy and interpersonal violence. Specifically, psychological science suggests that the inability to obtain an abortion increases the risk for domestic abuse among those who are forced to stay in contact with violent partners, putting them and their children at risk.

Finally, Worrell noted that by eliminating the constitutional right to privacy, the Supreme Court is opening the door to curtailing other rights, including the right to obtain contraception legally and same-sex marriage—both of which APA supports based on the scientific research showing their denial can have negative mental health impacts. 

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