Readers' letters - September 5

Suicide risks and abortion

Monday, 5th September 2016, 4:23 pm
Updated Monday, 5th September 2016, 6:31 pm
Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron does not understand the result of the EU referendum says a correspondent. See letter

Recent reports of accelerating numbers of suicides occurring after abortions carried out on vulnerable women highlights this increasing problem.

Many times this could have been avoided by a careful review of their previous medical history.

The most recent reported case concerned a 21-year-old mother-of-one, Jade Rees from Oldham, who hanged herself three weeks after the abortion took place.

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The desire for an abortion was apparently due to the break-up of her five months’ relationship with the baby’s father.

Reports revealed that she had been battling depression since the age of 14 and also had an history of eating disorders.

Jade took her life whilst listening to a pop song about the heartbreak of suffering a miscarriage.

Apparently she left notes addressed to her parents and two-year-old son.

This case raises serious questions, which need answers, as to how it was possible that Jade was referred for an abortion in October 2015, when her previous medical history indicated her precarious mental state.

Under the 1967 Abortion Act, abortion is only permitted if two doctors attest that there are medical grounds.

Apparently in 98 per cent of cases, doctors now cite risk to mental health as the reason for an abortion to take place.

Unfortunately it is now well established that mental health problems are higher among post-abortion women and suicide risk is significantly higher after an abortion.

The Department for Health should surely be reviewing these increasing post-abortion suicide statistics with a view to amending the 1967 Abortion Act to ensure that doctors can be more explicit in identifying potential suicidal risk post-abortion patients and denying them access to abortion.

E J Tilley



Accept the Brexit vote

What is it about Lib Dem Tim Farron that he clearly does not understand the result of the EU In/Out referendum, in which the majority – 17.4 million people – voted to leave, despite the “Project Fear” campaign from the establishment, which included him?

In his latest rant, delivered to the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) in Manchester, he has suggested that the UK has become a laughing stock abroad since the vote to leave the EU and that “malevolent forces” 
were seeking to hijack the

result for their own political agenda. Far from what was predicted, foreign investment is pouring into Britain with companies from around the world backing a record 2,213 British projects.

The CBI states that the growth in business and consumer services is higher than normal, which confirms that all of the scaremongering tactics were unfounded.

Tim Farron also went on to suggest that those who headed the Leave campaign are not representative of Britain.

This puts him clearly at odds with democracy and is an insult against the electorate who voted to leave the EU.

Doomsayers like Mr Farron will always find something 
to whinge about when they lose the argument and become an irrelevant spent force.

Britain has a very bright future outside the EU when we finally leave it, time for people like Mr Farron to accept it and move on!

Philip Griffiths

North West President