By Kathleen Gilbert

LONDON, September 2, 2008 ( – The Lancet, one of the most reputable medical journals in the world, has published a report that opposes the American Psychological Association’s (APA) dismissal of abortion-related psychological trauma, and calls for post-abortion counseling as an important part of patient care, reports

The Lancet states that, “The fact that some women do experience psychological problems after a termination should not be trivialized. … Women choosing to terminate must be offered an appropriate package of follow-up care, which includes psychological counselling when needed.”

The August 23 article was published in response to a recent report by the American Psychological Association (APA) claiming that there is no meaningful connection between abortion and later psychological trauma. The 90-page report stated that a first-trimester abortion of an “unwanted” baby was no more likely to cause psychological harm than carrying the baby to term. (See

Critics of the APA, which has long been known for its advocacy of abortion as a civil right, pointed out that most of the members of the committee behind the report were publicly pro-abortion. (See

Research published by the Elliott Institute supports The Lancet’s call for post-abortive care with evidence that women commonly experience several psychological problems after abortion, including post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual dysfunction, suicidal thoughts, alcohol and drug abuse, and eating disorders.

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