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Delays in abortion referrals limit women's choices, says report

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7455.1518-e (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1518
  1. Debashis Singh
  1. London

    Women in some parts of England have to wait up to two months from first seeking advice about an abortion to having the procedure, says a survey. The delays in referral mean that many women are presenting to services later than nine weeks pregnant and cannot be considered for early medical termination using the abortion pill, mifepristone, despite this being a popular option among women.

    The survey, from the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Choice and Sexual Health Group, shows that only 52% of the primary care trusts (PCTs) that have …

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