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Response to the Editor:

Cantwell, R., Jones, Ian Richard and Oates, M. 2009. Response to the Editor:. British Journal of Psychiatry 195 (4) , p. 369. 10.1192/bjp.195.4.369

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We were dismayed and deeply concerned to learn, from the Editor’s note to Professor Cooper’s letter,1 that we had been characterised as holding a pro-choice position in our commentary on Fergusson et al’s paper.2 This was not mentioned in the commissioning process and, if it had been, the invitation would have been declined. Our commentary acknowledged a range of opinions among ourselves. Our arguments were based on an analysis of Fergusson et al’s paper, explicitly eschewing any partisan approach, and stating quite clearly that the debate on the rights and wrongs of abortion is primarily moral, legal and ethical rather than psychiatric or indeed scientific. We hoped we had been very clear in this approach, and most strongly reject any suggestion that our commentary was based in beliefs from either ‘side of the debate’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
ISSN: 0007-1250
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:52

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