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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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RESTREPO, Diana; DUQUE, Marle; MONTOYA, Laura  and  HOYOS, Catalina. A 38-year-old woman with a legal and voluntary interruption of pregnancy due to mental health risk. An unexpected outcome. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2017, vol.46, n.2, pp.116-120. ISSN 0034-7450.


To describe a case of legal and voluntary interruption of pregnancy due to a mental health risk in the mother. However, the foetus survived and the mother decided to care for the child.


Description of the case and a non-systematic review of the relevant literature.


A multiparous woman of 38 years with unknown gestational age who requests legal and voluntary interruption of pregnancy. After abortion a male child born of 1050 g was born, intubated and admitted to intensive care. Subsequently, the mother, without the mental problems that led to abortion, gradually assumed the care of the child.


To address this complex case, several aspects are analysed: first, the change of mind of a woman in her desire to be a mother. Second, the disappearance of mental symptoms in the immediate postpartum. Third, the need to review the clinical, ethical and legal foundations of the legal ruling that allows therapeutic abortion in Colombia.

Keywords : Therapeutic abortion; Risk factor; Mental health; Legal abortion.

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