Thursday 22 June 2017

Abortion law discriminates against women with mental illness

Between one and two women per 1,000 will develop a puerperal psychosis, a serious mental health condition that without immediate treatment can lead to suicide and/or homicide. Picture posed. Thinkstock Images
Between one and two women per 1,000 will develop a puerperal psychosis, a serious mental health condition that without immediate treatment can lead to suicide and/or homicide. Picture posed. Thinkstock Images

June Shannon

UP to 20pc of women in Ireland will suffer from a depressive disorder before, during or after their pregnancy.

Between one and two women per 1,000 will develop a puerperal psychosis, a serious mental health condition that without immediate treatment can lead to suicide and/or homicide.

Research has also shown that 3.8pc of women report some suicidal ideation in pregnancy.

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