A pro-life charity chairman has said that almost all abortions carried out in the UK last year could have been illegal.
According to Professor Jack Scarisbrick, the latest Department of Health statistics showed that 97 per cent of abortions were performed on mental health grounds. But he said evidence shows that women are no more or less likely to suffer psychologically if they have an abortion than if they carry on with a pregnancy.
In light of this, Prof. Scarisbrick questioned whether doctors who approve abortions on mental health grounds are acting ‘in good faith’, which is a legal obligation. He said it appeared that the overwhelming majority of abortions ‘don’t meet the requirements of the law’.
He continued: ‘So what is the Department of Health doing about it? Why has no minister for health or law officer taken any action?’
Over 180,000 pregnancies were terminated last year because abortion was judged to be better for the women’s mental health than having their baby. But the latest Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines say women with an unexpected pregnancy ‘are no more or less likely to suffer adverse psychological consequences if they have an abortion or continue with the pregnancy and have the baby’.
And a review published in 2011 and paid for by the Department of Health found that both an abortion and continuing with an unwanted pregnancy carried about the same risk of mental health problems for the mother. Data from 44 studies was used in the most comprehensive and detailed review of the mental health outcomes of abortion to date.
Prof. Scarisbrick said, ‘We should wake up to what the Abortion Act has done to our society’. He added: ‘Profound damage is being done to women’s minds and sometimes their bodies’.
Andrea Minichiello Williams, CE of Christian Concern, said, ‘When people are educated about the humanity of the unborn child and the violence that abortion does to the unborn, hearts and minds are changed.
‘The evidence is also clear that abortion is not good for women’s mental health. Women are more likely to experience mental health problems if they have an abortion’.