Monday, February 28, 2011

UK physicians to advice women that abortion is safer than delivery

The Telegraph reports today that new guidelines drawn up by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists instruct U.K. physicians advising women who are considering abortion to explain to them that abortion is safer for them than carrying their baby to term. Physicians are also to tell women that psychological harm following an abortion is unlikely, and there is no proven connection between electing an abortion and mental ill health. According to The Telegraph, "Until now, their advice has been that while rates of psychiatric illness and self-harm in women are higher among those who had an abortion, there was no evidence that termination itself was likely to trigger psychological problems....Speaking in a personal capacity, Prof Patricia Casey, a consultant psychiatrist and fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “The message this sends out is very worrying. There are more than 30 studies showing an association between psychological trauma and abortion.”"

Read the full story here.

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