Make access to early abortions easier and quicker, say doctors

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 05 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:14
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. Torquay

    Doctors have called for a change in the law to speed up access to early abortion by proposing that only one doctor, rather than the two currently required, should need to approve an abortion. The call effectively means that abortions in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy should be available on an “informed consent” basis in just the same way as other medical procedures.

    However, doctors at the BMA's annual representatives meeting rejected a call for appropriately trained nurses and midwives to be allowed to carry out early abortions and for the rules on where abortions can be carried out to be relaxed to allow them to take place in premises that do not have specific approval, such as general practice …

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