Washington D.C., Jun 22, 2004 / 22:00 pm
Pro-life groups are hopeful that proposed legislation, that would fund research into post-abortion depression, will be passed this time around.
The Post-Abortion Depression Research and Care Act, sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts, Pennsylvania Republican, allocates $15 million to the National Institutes of Health in the next five years to study and treat post-abortion conditions, reported the Washington Times. Such research, say the bill’s proponents, is long overdue.
This is not the first time such a bill has been presented to Congress. The bill is currently in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The bill includes a clause, which would provide $1.5 million in grants for public or non-profit groups that offer diagnostic services and treatment of conditions related to post-abortion depression, such as suicidal urges and emotional detachment.