Pregnant women should be told that having an abortion is safer than having the baby, according to medical chiefs.
The advice, which would be given to women considering terminations, has caused anger, with anti-abortion campaigners accusing doctors’ leaders of forcing an “absurdly liberal agenda” on women in a vulnerable situation.
The draft guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is for all doctors, nurses and counsellors advising women contemplating terminations.
Its first recommendation on “what women need to know” instructs health professionals: “Women should be advised that abortion is generally safer than continuing a pregnancy to term.”
The guidance also says that women who are deciding whether to have an abortion must be told that most do not suffer any psychological harm. 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.
Children in the womb could not be reached for comment.
H/T to Scott at Verum Serum who adds:
The current advice page on the Royal College site, which appears to have been updated in 2004, also offers this tidbit:
Some studies suggest that women who have had an abortion may be more likely to have psychiatric illness or to self-harm than other women who give birth or are of a similar age. However, there is no evidence that these problems are actually caused by the abortion; they are often a continuation of problems a woman has experienced before.
Isn’t this just a creative use of language to avoid the actual question as to whether abortion has psychiatric/psychological affects on the women.
This is a bit like saying that there is no proof that jumping off a 20 story building kills you since the sudden stop complicates that determination.