Shut up about whether or not a fetus is a human you dweebs, we're talking SCIENCE and science gives no fucks. Here's the article with the prelim findings: http://io9.com/5958187/what-happens...his-is-the-first-scientific-study-to-find-out Here's the site: http://www.ansirh.org/research/turnaway.php Presumably the study will appear there soon. If not I will use my lion like prowess to hunt it down and maul the individuals responsible for not doing the expected things. Description of the project: Here are the various results. I'm chopping away chunks because I assume you all have the attention span of mice and are incapable of clicking things that are blue and underlined. Can you blame me? You people spend an inordinate amount of time arguing about whether or not a fetus is a human! Also you might be at a workplace that bans science. Poverty (note SAME INITIAL CONDITION): Domestic Violence: Depression and Emotional Damage: Physical Health: Keep in mind that this study is being conducted in a country (the US) where abortions are already legal and in many cases available for free, and where the mechanisms of government are reasonably well implemented and managed relative to non-OECD countries. In nations where neither of these elements exist the costs (emotional, physical and economic) are no doubt significantly higher. Advocating against abortion AS AN OPTION in those nations should be seen as advocacy for the greater evil. Whatever your philosophical beliefs the public health implications are incredibly clear: women who want abortions and receive them are better off in virtually every way than women who do not, especially when the women in question exist in a state of poverty. Given that the women in this study are already productive (albeit under performing relative to the average for whatever reason) members of societies we should prefer to center our expenditure of scarce resources on their preservation in a healthy state rather than on necessarily risky investments in (unwanted) new life, especially when the odds of that new life outproducing the parents are incredibly low due to the incredibly strong relationship between parental and offspring earnings in the United States. Barring the issuance of significant peer reviewed studies indicating otherwise we should be willing to allow abortions from a public health perspective. Since you people are inevitably going to whinge about philosophy, here's the additional dealio: we should never terminate a life (however speculative) without the utmost respect for that life and without taking all other alternative options into consideration. While abortion should always be an option, the taking of a life should always be a weighty and difficult option (morally speaking, not from a procedural or bureaucratic standpoint of course. asking anyone to submit to a kafkaesque bureaucracy is inhumane). There is plenty of room to advocate in favor of abortion as an option for all women while arguing against it in specific instances for a specific woman. We should be careful not to confuse a desire to personally avoid the pain of abortion with a desire to avoid the certainty of greater harm for all by outlawing it for all. Ok, so I guess we're done talking about abortions now. Who wants lunch? I've got Sloppy Joes!