New fact sheet on abortion misleads secondary pupils

16 Apr 2019

A new fact sheet on abortion to support Sex Education in secondary schools has been created by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. The fact sheet ‘aims to ensure that professionals involved in educating young people on abortion do so ‘…with honest and medically accurate information…[which] distinguishes between fact and fiction.’ (

In an article published on the Christian Medical Fellowship blog, James Evans, a biology teacher with a background in genetics, exposes inaccurate and misleading information about abortion in the fact sheet, for example statements such as 'Abortion is extremely safe in a UK setting’ (p6) and 'The fetus is unable to feel pain under 24 weeks’ (p7).

In another article, also published by CMF, Phillipa Taylor, Head of Public Policy at CMF, questions the assumption presented in the fact sheet that 'Abortion does not cause mental illness'. Referring to an in depth review into mental health outcomes after abortion carried out by the NHS in 2011, she writes: "The review also found that women who have mental health problems before an abortion are at greater risk of mental health problems afterwards. And it found that several other factors such as stressful life events, pressure from a partner to have an abortion, a negative attitude towards abortion in general and a negative emotional reaction immediately following an abortion (which are all common feelings), also have a negative impact on mental health. So, for these women, it suggests abortion is a risk for causing mental illness." (As quoted by CMF)