Another review of much the same literature by Professor Patricia Coleman, arrived at a diametrically opposed conclusion. She believes that women should know the results of her analysis. This is that women with an abortion history experience an 81% increased risk for mental health problems. Other psychiatrists have backed her conclusions from their own case load experience.
You do not have to be a social statistician to understand that all sorts of confounding variables make for eternal argument. However it is also the case you do not have to delve far into the blogisphere to read anguished and traumatic (legal and medically supervised) abortion accounts, experiences and regrets -sometimes near unreadable.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists carefully stated that, ‘the moral and ethical issues relating to abortion’ were not within its brief. Perhaps they should have been. Abortion may be an inflammatory topic; but that’s no reason for brushing the psychological, moral and ethical issues that surround it under the carpet.
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