Ireland Experts: Abortion Doesn’t Help Women Contemplating Suicide

International   |   Adam Cassandra   |   Feb 20, 2013   |   11:31AM   |   Dublin, Ireland

As the people of Ireland continue to stand strong against legalized abortion, Irish politicians seem desperate to find any way possible to force abortion through the legislature.

After the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar last October, pro-abortion politicians and activists thought a broad media campaign, filled with unsubstantiated propaganda, demonizing the Catholic Church and those who work to protect the sanctity of life would finally overturn Ireland’s pro-life laws.  But leaked excerpts from a report on the death of Ms. Halappanavar show that a misdiagnosed and mistreated infection, not lack of an abortion, caused her death.

Now some in the The Irish Government are planning to legalize abortion by linking lack of access to abortion to suicide in women. Recent government hearings held by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children produced evidence from leading medical experts on this issue showing that abortion is never a treatment for suicide, and that abortion could even cause women to become more suicidal.

Life Institute breaks down the arguments in their new video:

The six key points to know are:

1. All of the medical experts agreed that abortion is never a treatment for suicidality

2. None knew of a case where an abortion was the only treatment for a woman who was suicidal

3. None knew of a case where a woman had died by suicide because abortion was not available

4. Senior psychiatrists testified that abortion would be “completely obsolete” in respect of a person who is extremely suicidal

5. Evidence was given that abortion can actually increase the risk of suicide

6. Experts confirmed that suicide in pregnancy is very rare – and that treatment for suicidality included providing safety, nursing, psychological treatment and medication



More information on this issue from Life Institute: Note:  Reprinted with permission from Human Life International’s World Watch forum. Adam Cassandra is a Communications Specialist at Human Life International.