Somebody should ask about the mental health effects of stigmatizing abortion

Gilead

Abortion


Fig. 1. Sign at demonstration in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, May 3, 2022. Janni Rye, via Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

Pretty damn close to the end of the article:

Indeed, recent research from the Turnaway Study suggests it isn’t so much whether a woman terminates an unwanted pregnancy or carries it to term that predicts whether she’ll suffer psychological distress in the next two years. A key predictor of whether an abortion-seeking woman develops depression or anxiety is whether she perceives stigma around abortion among her family and community.

“We’ve long lived in an environment that shames women for wanting healthcare, and I worry that the current political environment is just increasing the shame people have for wanting an abortion,” said study leader M. Antonia Biggs, a reproductive health researcher at [University of California] San Francisco.[1]

Melissa Healy wrote this article well, and there was a lot of context she had to supply, so I understand why she structured it the way she did, but it’s basic to journalism that a lot of readers don’t read to the end, so you have to put important stuff near the top. And this is pretty fucking important.

John Dinan, “State battles over abortion are leading to state constitutional amendments – an option in all states and available directly to citizens in 18 states,” Conversation, April 12, 2023, https://theconversation.com/state-battles-over-abortion-are-leading-to-state-constitutional-amendments-an-option-in-all-states-and-available-directly-to-citizens-in-18-states-203394

Melissa Healy, “Abortion’s new battleground: Mifepristone’s effect on women’s mental health,” Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2023, https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2023-04-13/new-abortion-battleground-is-mifepristones-effect-on-womens-mental-health

Lori Rozsa and Caroline Kitchener, “DeSantis signs Florida bill banning abortion after six weeks of pregnancy,” Washington Post, April 13, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/04/13/florida-abortion-six-week-ban/

Tierney Sneed, “DOJ will take emergency dispute over medication abortion rules to the Supreme Court,” Cable News Network, April 13, 2023, https://www.cnn.com/2023/04/13/politics/abortion-pill-mifepristone-appeals-court/index.html

Robert Barnes and Ann E. Marimow, “The Supreme Court temporarily restores full access to key abortion medication,” Washington Post, April 14, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2023/04/14/supreme-court-abortion-mifepristone/

Twitter


Fig. 1. “Elon Musk shared a video of his entrance on his Twitter account.” Photograph attributed to Elon Musk, October 26, 2022, via the New York Post,[2] fair use.

Twitter has been dramatically transformed under [Elon] Musk and few — even among some in the billionaire’s corner — say the changes have been for the better. In recent weeks, government agencies, news organizations and powerful social media influencers have questioned the usefulness of the platform, with some major players publicly abandoning their accounts or telling users they can’t rely on it for urgent information.

Advertisers have fled in droves over Musk’s policy changes and erratic behavior on the site, causing advertising revenue to recently drop by as much as 75 percent, according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share sensitive internal information. Rounds of layoffs have left Twitter operating with a skeleton staff of 1,500 — an 80 percent reduction — and so riddled with bugs and glitches that the site goes down for hours at a time. Meanwhile, the company’s valuation has cratered, Musk has said, to less than half the $44 billion he paid when he bought the company roughly six months ago.[3]

There is actually some new information in the Washington Post story, but you have to read down a few paragraphs to find out that the Public Broadcasting System also stopped tweeting and that National Weather Service, Tsunami, and Tornado feeds may not be able to stay up to date due to limitations Elon Musk has imposed.[4]

I’m rarely on it myself, though automated posts presumably continue as new posts appear on Not Housebroken and the Irregular Bullshit. Since I’m not paying, I don’t know that anyone is seeing them.

Faiz Siddiqui, Rachel Lerman, and Jeremy B. Merrill, “A year ago, Musk asked, ‘Is Twitter dying?’ He may have his answer,” Washington Post, April 15, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2023/04/15/twitter-musk-bid-anniversary/


  1. [1]Melissa Healy, “Abortion’s new battleground: Mifepristone’s effect on women’s mental health,” Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2023, https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2023-04-13/new-abortion-battleground-is-mifepristones-effect-on-womens-mental-health
  2. [2]Thomas Barrabi, “Elon Musk barges into Twitter HQ as deal nears: ‘Let that sink in,’” New York Post, October 26, 2022, https://nypost.com/2022/10/26/elon-musk-barges-into-twitter-headquarters-as-deal-nears/
  3. [3]Faiz Siddiqui, Rachel Lerman, and Jeremy B. Merrill, “A year ago, Musk asked, ‘Is Twitter dying?’ He may have his answer,” Washington Post, April 15, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2023/04/15/twitter-musk-bid-anniversary/
  4. [4]Faiz Siddiqui, Rachel Lerman, and Jeremy B. Merrill, “A year ago, Musk asked, ‘Is Twitter dying?’ He may have his answer,” Washington Post, April 15, 2023, https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2023/04/15/twitter-musk-bid-anniversary/

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