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More Grist to the Mill in Pro-life Pro-Choice Struggle

For women, an abortion does not make it more likely that they will suffer mental illness. Pro-lifers have always and will always maintain that an abortion leads to mental trauma and depression. The Pro choice lobby have a new study under the auspices of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and paid for by the Department of Health, to inform women that they are not in more danger of a breakdown than if they carry their child to birth. This is the definite conclusion of the researchers.

This large Worldwide study analyzed the links if any between women’s mental health and pregnancy termination and could find no causal relationships between the two life events. The review carried out by the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) at the Royal College of Psychiatrists revisited forty-four pieces of research over the last 21 years. Many hundreds of thousands of women who had terminations, were questioned  three months after the abortion. The occurrence of mental illness symptoms were the same for the women who aborted as for the women who became mothers.

Women with a predisposition towards mental health difficulties were more likely to suffer symptoms after an abortion, while other triggers such as being strongly urged by the father to terminate the fetus would also make a breakdown more likely, the study reported.

The Marie Stopes abortion clinics carry out over 66,000 terminations each year in Britain, welcomed the review because it gives weight to their long-held contention that an abortion is no more detrimental to women’s  mental health than seeing a pregnancy through to birth. In their view every day of an unwanted pregnancy is a day of stress, if not distress and it the latter rather than the abortion that is the cause of difficulties.

A spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said it has revisited its guidelines in the light of this reports conclusions. They fell it is important that all women are informed objectively about the whole emotional side of pregnancy before during and after an abortion.

On the pro-life side of the argument the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children called the reviews conclusion ‘predictable’  and biased in that the researchers have ignored other studies which demonstrate the complete opposite. They continue to hold the belief that a termination is much more likely to trigger depression and PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) than seeing the pregnancy through. Regret, shame, guilt and grief are the companions of abortion as are acutely negative mental complications.

As is to be expected the government remains on the fence. The minister for public health says neutrally that unwanted pregnancy has an impact on people’s psychological well-being and the findings of the report will be taken into account next year when they reissue their “Sexual Health Strategy.”

[box]One thing is certain though and that is the fact that there is no more divisive issue in the field of medicine and any number of reports will never convince a pro-lifer to become pro-choice or vice versa.[/box]


Claire Al-Aufi is a contributing author for Hive Health Media who provides updates on health and fitness news.

1 Comment

  1. Joey Tranchina

    December 18, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Nobody needs to change their minds about abortion.

    Everybody needs to mind their own business.

    Fundamentalists can’t do that because they know everything.

    That’s how religion creates war and murder around the world.

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