In the National Post: Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Re: Why We Need Legal Abortion, letter to the editor, Feb. 13.
Dr. Gail Erlick Robinson repeats the myth that women who are denied a legal abortion will simply resort to an illegal one. Yet, evidence from a number of countries calls this into question. Ireland and Poland both have strong laws restricting induced abortion. And even though some Irish and Polish women seek abortions in other countries, the overall abortion rate in Ireland and Poland remains low.
From New Zealand:
Fergusson DM, Horwood JL, Broden JM. 2008. Abortion and mental health disorders: Evidence from a 30 year longitudinal study. The British Journal of Psychiatry 193: 444-451.
From the United States:
Coleman PK, Coyle CT, Shuping M, Rue VM. 2008. Induced abortion and anxiety, mood and substance abuse disorders: Isolating the effects of abortion in the national comorbidity survey. Journal of Psychiatric Research. Accepted 21 October 2008.
Charles VE, Polis CB, Sridhara SK, Blum RW. 2008. Abortion and long term mental health outcomes: a systematic review of the evidence. Contraception. 78: 436-450.
Dingle K, Alati R, Clavarino A, Najman JM, Williams GM. 2008. Pregnancy loss and psychiatric disorders in young women: an Australian birth cohort study. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 193: 455-460.
From Great Britian:
Casey P, Oates M, Jones I, Cantwell R. 2008. Invited commentaries on abortion and mental health disorders. The British Journal of Psychiatry. 193: 452-454.
Reports and Positions:
The Royal College of Psychiatrists' Position statement on Women's Mental Health in Relation to Induced Abortion. 2008. Go to statement.
Report of the APA (American Psychological Association) Task Force on Mental Health and Abortion. 2008. Go to report.
Three speakers emphasized to a full house both the joys and sorrows that accompany the caregiver as they journey with the dying. The event was “Compassionate End-of-Life Care for Adults with Developmental Disabilities”, an evening co-sponsored by the deVeber Institute and L'Arche Toronto, and held at the L'Arche Gathering Place in Toronto on January 29.
Susan Morgan, a chaplain, spoke about her personal experiences in ministering to the dying, and expressed her concern about when people “retreat” from those who are dying. She insisted on the importance of “presence”, reminding her listeners that their role is not only to be doing when attending to a dying person, but also just to be with them, sometimes even in silence.
The deVeber Institute and L'Arche Toronto invite you to an evening of talks and discussion about palliative care and ethical concerns at end-of-life.
Thursday, January 29, 2009.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Gathering Place, L'Arche Toronto, 186 Floyd Ave, Toronto.
Helping family, friends and support workers caring for an adult with a developmental disability who is nearing death: