Bill Would Encourage Research On Abortion's Mental Health Effects

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The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Thursday by voice vote approved a bill (HR 20), sponsored by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), that would encourage NIH to "continue aggressive work" on identifying causes and treatments for postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis, CQ Today reports (Webber, CQ Today, 7/19).

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The bill also would provide grants through HHSfor the "establishment, operation and coordination of effective andcost-efficient systems for the delivery of essential services" forwomen with the conditions and their families (Kaiser Daily Women's Health Policy Report, 5/2). According to CQ Today,the original language of the measure "directed" NIH to conduct researchon postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis, but the subcommitteeon Wednesday approved an amendment that changed "directed" to"encouraged."

The committee also voted to adopt an amendmentthat would urge NIH to pursue a study into the mental healthconsequences of pregnancies ending in miscarriage or abortion, CQ Todayreports. The bill would authorize $3 million for fiscal year 2008 and"such sums as necessary" for FY 2009 and FY 2010 for the research (CQ Today, 7/19).

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