Friday, June 08, 2007

What they don’t tell you at the clinic
Melanie McDonagh
June 6, 2007

Some backbench Bills are destined for stillbirth, and Ann Winterton’s Bill yesterday was one of them. It would have compelled women who wanted an abortion to have counselling and to be given information about the possible effects. It was seen off, terminated, 107 votes for, 182 against. Pity. There was a useful point of principle there.

It is that abortion has its own costs, not all of which are obvious, but which you jolly well ought to know about before you have one. You can take what view you like of the main effect, namely, that at the end of an abortion, you’re minus one human foetus. But there are other implications, apart from the predictable risk of depression.

A couple of weeks ago I went to a lecture by a specialist in high-risk obstetrics, Byron Colhoun, the joint head of the department of obstetrics and gynaecology at West Virginia University. His subject was not, on the face of it, a must-listen, being about the association between abortion and premature birth.
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