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Doctors object to abortions

16th April 2007

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has revealed a sharp rise in the number of doctors who refuse to carry out abortions on ethical grounds.

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The number of ‘conscientious objectors’ to abortions has risen so dramatically that some fear it could put the public termination service at risk.  Experts say the decline is due in some part to the fact that trainee doctors can now pick and choose their specialist areas and offering women fertility treatment is a more attractive career option than providing terminations. Some senior doctors have blamed the so called 'dinner party syndrome' where doctors don't want to admit to their friends that they perform abortions as part of their working life.

Speaking on behalf of the RCOG, Kate Guthrie said "We have always had conscientious objectors, but more doctors now are just wanting to do something different and don't see abortion care as attractive."  She expressed concern that if abortion services were not safely available, women would go underground to avoid unwanted pregnancies which could have devastating results.  However, Josephine Quintavalle, from the anti-abortion group Alive and Kicking, said there was a feeling in the UK that abortions are too common which had made an impact on doctors.  "We should be working together to make abortions rare," she added.

Approximately 190,000 abortions are carried out in England and Wales each year and although the NHS pays for four out of five, half of these are carried out by the private sector – a proportion which has doubled over the last decade.

 

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Anonymous

Friday 20th April 2007 @ 15:27

I agree that there are many women who find themselves in situations where termination is the only option. However, I do believe that termination is being increasingly used as a form of contraception. Maybe this option has become too readily available. I'd like to think that people choosing abortion did so out of desperation or ignorance. However, I recently read that Julie Birchell, a supposedly educated woman (newspaper columnist) has had five abortions!! Has this woman not heard of condoms? I'd like to see her get rid of chlamydia as quickly as she manages to get rid of her foetus!!


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