A tip about studies reported in the media: Not all studies are created equal. How the study was conducted, who was studied, and who analyzed the data are just a few of the questions we have to ask. Most reporters rely on the press release from someone with an agenda to write their stories, or at least to understand the study. So whether a study reports something you agree with or disagree with, take it with a grain of salt.
A case in point is a flawed study that says that women who abort their children are happier than those who give birth to them.
Here’s a quick summary of just some of the problems with the study. This study isn’t a random sample of women, or even aborting women. The measures it uses are somewhat amorphous and ambiguous.
Moreover, for women who did abort, the study tells us very little about their long-term reactions. It doesn’t demonstrate that aborting women were better off than their non-aborting counterparts. And as so typical of these studies, it doesn’t even show what the authors and their media allies want you to believe it shows!
The linked article then goes into detail about what the study actually did and did not find and the problems with the conclusions as given. It can be tempting to just pass along the results of a study, especially when it seems favorable to your beliefs, but we’re better off when we hold both the favorable and unfavorable up to a higher standard of scrutiny.