Patricia Casey: Vista created by abortion law too cruel and terrible to contemplate
THE Government has announced its intention to legislate for the 'X Case' , which includes suicide risk as grounds for abortion. This is on foot of a judgment delivered 21 years ago that did not involve psychiatric evidence.
It is now providing for psychiatrists to prescribe abortion as a treatment for those who are suicidal in pregnancy. This is unique in the world history of abortion legislation.
Multiple flaws and diverse flaws arise from the proposals. The first and most obvious is that there is no evidence that abortion is an intervention that reduces suicide. No textbooks of psychiatry or research papers suggest this. There are treatments, psychological and pharmacological, to do this.