Information on abortion


We came across a wonderful letter in the Daily Telegraph 3 March 2011written by various pyschiatrists supporting the recent debate on government policy surrounding the provision of information to women seeking a termination of pregnancy.  They refer to a March 2008 position statement by the  Royal College of Psychiatrists which can be viewed at

Part of the letter is reproduced below;

“In March 2008 , the Royal College of Psychiatrists issued a position statement in which it recognized that good practice in relation to abortion should include informed consent, involving the provision of adequate and appropriate information regarding the possible risks and benefits to the physical and mental health of the woman.

A major 30-year study that was published in the British Journal of Psychiatryin 2008 showed, …….. that women who had abortions had rates of mental disorder that were about 30% higher than their peers.

A Comres poll published on the anniversary of the Abortion Act last week showed that 89% of British adults supported “a woman’s right, enshrined in law, to be informed of all the physical, psychological and emotional risks associated with abortion”.

As consultant psychiatrists, we strongly urge Parliament to introduce legislation ensuring that women seeking abortion are fully informed about the possible consequences of their abortion decision.

Professor Andrew Simms Past President, Royal College of Psychiatry

Professor Patricia Casey University College Dublin

Christopher Findlay Consultant Psychiatrist, Cheshire

Nick Land Consultant Psychiatrist, Middlesbrough

Sunil Raheja Consultant Psychiatrist, London

Adrian Treloar Consultant Psychiatrist, London


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