Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Prominent UK Psychiatrists: women should "be informed of all the physical, psychological and emotional risks associated with abortion"

From The Telegraph (UK) 11/10/10

They are not objecting to the legality of abortion, but to the concealment of medical information from patients.

Religion is often faulted for ignoring science. Here is a case where ideology, not based in religion, is not only blind but wants to keep others in the dark.

I hope these brave Doctors can continue to practice after being so non-PC.

Information on abortion


We welcome last night's parliamentary debate on government policy surrounding the provision of information to women seeking a termination of pregnancy.

In March 2008, the Royal College of Psychiatrists issued a position statement in which it recognised that good practice in relation to abortion should include
informed consent, involving the provision of adequate and appropriate information regarding the possible risks and benefits to the physical and mental health of the woman.

A major 30-year study that was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in 2008 showed, after adjustment for confounding variables, that women who had abortions had rates of mental disorder that were about 30 per cent higher than their peers.

Moreover, the notion of ?informed consent? enjoys massive public support. A ComRes poll published on the anniversary of the Abortion Act last week showed that 89 per cent of British adults supported "a woman's right, enshrined in law, to be informed of all the physical, psychological and emotional risks associated with abortion".

As consultant psychiatrists, we strongly urge Parliament to introduce legislation ensuring that women seeking abortion are fully informed about the possible consequences of their abortion decision.

Professor Andrew Sims
Past President, Royal College of Psychiatry
Professor Patricia Casey
University College Dublin
Christopher Findlay
Consultant Psychiatrist, Cheshire
Nick Land
Consultant Psychiatrist, Middlesbrough
Sunil Raheja
Consultant Psychiatrist, London
Adrian Treloar
Consultant Psychiatrist, London
London W1

h/t Anglican Mainstream

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