The Royal College of Psychiatrists on 14 March issued a position statement on “Women’s mental health in Relation to Induced Abortion.” The statement said that
women who want to have an abortion should undergo counselling if doctors have concern for their mental health.”Healthcare professionals who assess or refer women who are requesting an abortion should assess for mental disorder and for risk factors that may be associated with its subsequent development. This position statement replaces the College’s position adopted in 1994 and is a complete reversal of their position on abortion; it then stated that abortions did not result in mental ill health for women.
The new position statement reflects the increasing concern among members of the Psychiatric profession at the damage that is being inflicted on women as a result of abortion. This evidence is being given to psychiatrists by wounded and hurt women who have experienced an abortion and are seeking help.