A leading ­Scottish tycoon is under ­pressure after his ­charity made a donation to a group that runs a controversial course on "healing" women who have had an abortion.

SNP donor Sir Brian Souter's ­charitable trust funded a pregnancy advice centre specialising in "post-­abortion syndrome", a theory linking terminations to psychological problems - which is disputed by the medical establishment.

The course offered to women includes a focus on ­"accountability", "forgiveness" and also mentions "repentance". Sexual-health services provider Brook estimated last year that more than 100 crisis pregnancy centres with a Christian ethos o­perated around the UK.

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The Choices centre in Bishop's Stortford, just north of London, says it helps men and women make "informed choices" on unplanned pregnancies and offers advice on the "after-affects" of an abortion.

According to its Facebook site, it received an undisclosed sum in 2013 from the Souter Charitable Trust (SCT), the personal charity of Stagecoach bus tycoon Souter and his wife Betty. A Christian who funded a campaign in 2000 against gay rights, Souter has donated more than £2.5 million to the SNP since 2007. He received a knighthood after being nominated by the SNP Government.

The SCT's donation to Choices, itself a charity, is under scrutiny due to the centre providing a service to treat "post-abortion syndrome", or PAS. This allegedly relates to the post-traumatic stress women feel after a termination. However, a spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said: "It is not classified as a medical condition."

And a spokeswoman for the Royal College of Psychiatrists said PAS was not in the manuals used to diagnose psychiatric disorders.

She also alerted the Sunday Herald to a statement by the ­Academy of Medical Royal Colleges on a review of mental health outcomes and abortion. It stated: "Having an abortion does not increase the risk of mental health problems. The best current evidence suggests that it makes no difference to a woman's mental health whether she chooses to have an abortion or to continue with the pregnancy."

Choices offers a 10-step ­"recovery" programme, which includes "moving out of denial", "guilt and shame" and ­"forgiveness". According to reports, the course's manual also states: "Part of the healing journey to post-abortion recovery involves repentance."

Brook produced a dossier on crisis pregnancy centres last year after doing a "mystery shopper" investigation. It found two centres had falsely linked abortion to an increased risk of breast cancer, with some service providers also c­laiming terminations caused ­infertility. In its report, Brook dismissed PAS as a "bogus medical disorder which is unrecognised by any medical body".

Green MSP Patrick Harvie said: "To promote the idea of a non-existent syndrome appears utterly unethical. I'm surprised that an organisation which does so can claim ­charitable status. This is about as scientific as 'gay conversion therapy', Aids denial or faith healing."

An SCT spokesman said: "We are delighted to record that in the year up to June 2014 we gave £9.9m to 1258 charities and ­worthwhile causes." Choices did not respond to requests for comment.