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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.
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.
Several studies, including research published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry in 2006, concluded that abortion in young women might be associated with risks of mental health problems.
Dr Peter Saunders, general secretary of the Christian Medical Fellowship, said: “How can a doctor now justify an abortion [on mental health grounds] if psychiatrists are questioning whether there is any clear evidence that continuing with the pregnancy leads to mental health problems.”
Originally posted by Clearskies
Let me assure you that Planned parenthood will FIGHT counseling tooth and nail!
It's a very lucrative business!
Many supporters of Planned Parenthood seem to be embarrassed about the organization's best known service -- abortion. Proponents argue that the money goes to other services, usually emphasizing adoption work. However, according to the most recent figures, Planned Parenthood did 264,943 abortions in 2005, an increase of over 100,000 from the year before (those abortions generated an estimated $99 million profit for Planned Parenthood.) In contrast, adoption referrals by Planned Parenthood have been steadily decreasing from 1,774 customers in 2003 to 1,414 in 2004 (the last years figures were known). In other words, for every 180 abortions Planned Parenthood did, they offered one adoption referral.
SB 250 - Jim Battin (R - La Quinta): -- This bill would have required that receptionists, support staff, administrative employees or volunteers of agencies that provide health care be included among those who by law must report reasonably suspected child abuse and neglect.
AB 2331 - Dennis Mountjoy (R - San Bernardino High Desert): For an abortion performed in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, this bill requires the physician performing the abortion to offer to the pregnant woman information and counseling on fetal pain and offer to the pregnant woman anesthesia for the unborn child. The bill would require the physician to arrange for anesthesia to be administered, if the pregnant woman voluntarily consents for the unborn child. It would also require the woman to sign a document that information and counseling on fetal pain was provided and that the physician offered anesthesia for the fetus. Failed in Committee on May 4, 2004, those voting down the bill are Rebecca Cohn (D), Wilma Chan (D), Ed Chavez (D), Mervyn Dymally (D), Dario Frommer (D), Paul Koretz (D), Sally Lieber (D), Cinday Montanez (D), George Nakano (D), Gloria Negrete-Mcleod (D), Keith Richman (R), Mark Ridley-Thomas (D), Simon Salinas (D), Lois Wolk (D). Opposed by Planned Parenthood.
Originally posted by Clearskies
I just knew it was murder and I was only 3 months along and 19 years old.
Originally posted by chromatico
Keep abortion safe, legal, and most of all, rare. I think that's the best policy anyone could advocate.