Friday, December 05, 2008

Life Links 12/5/08

Former California abortion clinic operator Bertha Bugarin has pleaded guilty to nine counts of practicing medicine without a license.

Kate Looby, the director of Planned Parenthood's South Dakota clinics has been laid off.
Looby, the group's South Dakota state director, was one of nine full-time employees and one part-timer cut from Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, said director of media relations Kathi Di Nicola. The rest of the cuts occurred in Minnesota....

Her departure was "a result of some tough decisions we had to make in light of the economy," Di Nicola said.

The American media's selective printing of stories about abortion and mental health never ceases to amaze me. Using google news I couldn't find a single mainstream U.S. news outlet which covered Dr. David Fergusson's published results about abortion and mental health in the British Journal of Psychiatry. I found an article in the Irish Times, some New Zealand newspapers, and the UK's Daily Telegraph.

Meanwhile, a couple of days later, researchers at John Hopkins release a study of abortion and mental health studies where they selected which studies would be studied and found no study they deemed quality to show a link between abortion and depression and there's suddenly an influx of U.S. media attention from the UPI, ABC News, MSNBC, and Reuters.

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