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British Doctors are told to advise women that abortion is safer than giving birth

Posted on: February 27, 2011

Yes, you read that correctly. According to an article in the Telegraph, British doctors are being told to advise women that abortion is safer than giving birth. As you know, Britain practices socialized medicine and now this country has come up with the most absurd advice. This draft guidance is from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is for all doctors, nurses and counselors advising women contemplating terminations.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 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.

In addition, 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. However, there have been more than 30 studies showing an association between psychological trauma and abortion.

But then, what would you expect from a country practicing socialized medicine and contemplating death panels to save medical costs.

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