27 June 2007
Reacting to today's vote by the British Medical Association regarding the specification of premises, two doctors' signatures and extending abortion provision to suitably trained nurses and midwives before 12 weeks, Anne Weyman, Chief Executive, fpa said:
“These three factors create unnecessary delays for women needing an abortion, and also cost the NHS money.
“There is no justification in making women seek the permission and approval of two doctors to have an abortion, so we are delighted that the BMA has voted in favour of removing this criteria.
“We are disappointed that the BMA has voted not to extend the role of performing abortion to other trained professionals and the premises where abortion takes place, as the evidence to support this change is clear.”
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fpa (Family Planning Association) is the only registered charity working to improve the sexual health and reproductive rights of all people throughout the UK.