Episode 116: Abortion Fact Versus Fiction

August 5, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Episode 116: Abortion Fact Versus Fiction


All too often, political debates about abortion are full of myths and misconceptions. For this reason, a better understanding of abortion is crucial. So that’s what today’s episode is all about. We’re going to discuss common things that people get wrong about abortion, why abortion bans don’t work as intended, and why comprehensive sex education and improved access to contraceptives are the keys to reducing abortion rates.

I am joined by Dr. Rachel Needle, a licensed psychologist and certified sex therapist. She is the founder of the Whole Health Psychological Center, the Advanced Mental Health Training Institute, and the Modern Sex Therapy Institutes. Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • The most common reasons women seek abortion.
  • The difference between emergency contraception and abortion.
  • The stage of pregnancy at which most abortions occur.
  • The effects of pregnancy and abortion on women’s health.
  • The psychological impact of abortion.
  • How abortion bans, comprehensive sex education, and contraceptive access affect abortion rates.
  • The future of sex and relationships in a post-Roe v Wade world.

Thanks to the Modern Sex Therapy Institutes (modernsextherapyinstitutes.com) and the Kinsey Institute (kinseyinstitute.org) for sponsoring this episode!

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller

Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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