Suicidal girl who requested abortion – detained in psychiatric unit

A suicidal girl who asked for an abortion was sectioned in a psychiatric unit last year according to a new report.

It’s one of 22 cases in the latest publication by the Child Care Law Reporting Project.  The girl was told by a psychiatrist that an abortion was ‘not the solution’ to her problems.

She was detained under the mental health act, but was later let go, on the advice of another doctor.  Linda Kavanagh from the Abortion Rights Campaign says it’s distressing, as she seemed to qualify for an abortion under our current laws.