Irish psychiatrists reject proposed part in assessment of women seeking abortion

About one third of Irish psychiatrists who treat adults have signed a statement rejecting a draft government proposal that psychiatrists should assess women seeking who are threatening suicide.  One of a group of psychiatrists involved in discussion with the Irish government told the Irish Independent that “there is no evidence that abortion is a treatment for suicidality in pregnancy and may in fact be harmful to women.”  113 of about 300 practitioners have signed a statement to that effect. [Irish Independent]

4 thoughts on “Irish psychiatrists reject proposed part in assessment of women seeking abortion”

  1. Nothing in the position taken by the group necessarily indicates opposition to abortion. Objection is taken to a process that would require them to make assessments that would serve no valid medical purpose and that could harm the patients.

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