BMA meeting: Provide women with access to non-directive independent abortion counselling, say doctors

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 29 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4450
  1. Helen Jaques
  1. 1Bournemouth

Women considering an abortion should all have access to non-directive counselling by an organisation independent of the abortion provider, doctors at the BMA’s annual representative meeting in Bournemouth have agreed.

Proposer of the motion Mark Pickering emphasised that independent counselling should be optional and would provide women with “a safe space” to consider and talk through their options, and that the motion was not “a pro-life stitch up.”

“I want to reassure those who are worried that this motion might be about obstructing access to abortion by the back door, it is not. It’s designed quite simply to increase choice for women,” he …

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