She refers to a Times letter where 15 prominent signatories wrote a letter asking the official bodies regulating obstetricians and psychiatrists to revise their guidance on abortion as it pertains to mental health in young women.
This caution to advise women about the risk of adverse psychological harm to women from abortion follows a New Zealand study, showing that "young women who have had abortions exhibit twice the level of mental health problems, and three times the risk of depression, as those who had given birth or never been pregnant."
Accepted wisdom in Canada is that abortion is benign. So too in the U.K., where the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Web site tells women of limited to no harm from having an abortion. They write that "for most women, an abortion is safer than carrying a pregnancy and having a baby."
In the United States, however, the American Psychological Association had to withdraw their statement on the subject, which cited no evidence of psychological harm to women as a result of abortion, after the New Zealand study was published.
In Canada, there's no statement to withdraw: Since the issue is never even broached, the Canadian Psychological Association has never felt compelled to pronounce on the issue. As a result, we are in an unusual situation vis-a-vis other developed nations: We provide women considering abortion with little health-related research. (On the other hand, perhaps such an anomaly is to be expected: Canada is unique among liberal democracies in that we have no law regulating abortion either.)
Some women even commit suicide.
Ms. Mrozek suggests that Canadian women deserve to be made aware of these risks. "Bad health news on abortion must not be hidden as if it were always a pro-life ploy to thwart women's freedom."
What is the underlying cost to a Canadian women for that unquestioned "right to choose"? It may be her mental health or even her very life.