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Doctors don't need second signature before agreeing abortion, MPs hear

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39374.628171.DB (Published 25 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:844
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. Margate

    The need for two doctors to give consent for a woman to have an abortion before 24 weeks' gestation should be dropped, clinicians have told MPs.

    The current legal requirement for a woman to get two signatures from doctors is woefully out of date and inappropriate, MPs on the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology were told last week. Witnesses giving evidence as part of the committee's inquiry into whether the abortion laws in England and Wales need to be updated said that changes were long overdue. They gave evidence days before a conference held in London by Marie Stopes International called for an end to the dual signature requirement.

    Tony Calland, …

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