Auckland Medical Aid Centre
Post-Abortive Mothers "Not Always Honest With Us"
- “There was a strong positive feeling about the issue at conference,” says president Christine Low. “However, most of the women felt they would be more welcoming of the research proposal if it was broader-based and included all women involved in unplanned pregnancies, whether they have a termination or not.”
- The suggestion surfaced from a University of Otago study, which researched the mental health outcomes of women who had had abortions. It was felt the conclusions warranted further investigation, says Ms Low. “We have no idea if women do need more access to counselling or help. Nobody knows. But if a large group of women do have a problem, or even a small group, then the research would be really beneficial.”
- Ann Brady, counselling coordinator at the Auckland Medical Aid Centre, feels such research would be a positive thing for both women and counsellors. “It would be absolutely advantageous to everyone in the industry,” she says. Presently all women are offered counselling after a termination, but unless the counsellor really encourages it in a specific case, only a small percentage take it, she says. Ms Brady feels some women feel uncomfortable when the centre calls them down the track to see how they’re doing. “Many have put it as something in the past,” says Ms Brady. “So they’re shocked when we call and are not always honest with us. “It would be really good to see how women do cope afterwards from an independent study.”
- Ann Brady's Facebook profile (accessed on Feb. 29, 2011)
- Times Online: Call for more study on how abortion affects mental health, Oct. 9, 2006, by Aimee Nicholls (accessed on Feb. 29, 2012)