Informed consent (letter)by Dr Luke McLindonNews Weekly
, June 18, 2005
Pro-life and pro-choice advocates agree - the abortion rate in Australia is too high.
At the most basic level, it is a horrible injustice and gross inequality, that women are subjected to "the most common surgical procedure in Australia" (to quote the PreTerm Foundation website) with its consequent surgical and anaesthetic risks.
But what of the other costs involved?
While we should respect those who hold firm to their convictions, what of the vast majority who do not know, or do not care, what to think?
Most Australians do not have adequate information to make any sort of considered decision.
The research is in: the costs are high. Australians have the right to be informed.Dr Luke McLindon