3.17.2008

Abortion and Mental Illness

Fancy this; The Times, from London has published an article that reports that the Royal College of Psychiatrists in England is warning that having an abortion actually causes mental illness.

According to the article...

"Women may be at risk of mental health breakdowns if they have abortions, a medical royal college has warned. The Royal College of Psychiatrists says women should not be allowed to have an abortion until they are counselled on the possible risk to their mental health.

This overturns the consensus that has stood for decades that the risk to mental health of continuing with an unwanted pregnancy outweighs the risks of living with the possible regrets of having an abortion."

And...


"More than 90% of the 200,000 terminations in Britain every year are believed to be carried out because doctors believe that continuing with the pregnancy would cause greater mental strain.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists recommends updating abortion information leaflets to include details of the risks of depression. “Consent cannot be informed without the provision of adequate and appropriate information,” it says."

A key point is that in order for consent to be given, adequate and accurate information must be given to the woman about the 'procedure'. Is it too much to ask that Canadian women be given adequate and accurate information about abortion? Why does the pro-death lobby aggressively campaign against any consent laws regarding abortion?

In England, arguably a much more liberal society than Canada, they are debating whether to allow abortions after 20 weeks gestation rather than the current 24 weeks. Why is it that in Canada, abortion is legal through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason? Why does the pro-death lobby aggressively campaign against *any* restrictions on abortion in Canada? Why has parliament refused to deal with the legal status of the unborn in Canada?

Don't you think it is time that Canadians start to speak up for not only the rights of the unborn, but also for the health and safety of mothers who are in the midst of difficult pregnancies?

Shouldn't a compassionate society have room for both mothers and their children?

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