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23rd October 2007

The results of a survey reveal a "slim majority" of people think that women seeking a termination of their pregnancy should not need to have permission granted by two doctors.


The independent telephone survey was carried out by GfK NOP market research for the group Abortion Rights. Over one third (35%) of those polled said only one doctor should have to grant consent. 17% said permission should not be needed at all.

"The public clearly feels that the legislation is now out of date," said Anne Quesney, director of Abortion Rights.

"It is time for a law that trusts women to make the abortion decision and remove the need for two doctors' permission to access the procedure - a process that can lead to delays for women at a difficult time."

83% of the 1,000 respondants polled said that having a termination was a "woman's right".

However, the younger and older respondants were least in favour of abortion. 18% of 16 to 24-year-olds and 16% of the those aged 65 and over said they did not agree with termination.

October 2007 is the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the 1967 Abortion Act. The law states that a woman seeking to terminate her pregnancy has to get the permission of two doctors.

A Marie Stopes International poll of GPs, released earlier in October, showed more than 50% thought only one doctor's agreement was necessary for a termination in the fist 14 weeks of pregnancy.

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Thursday 25th October 2007 @ 1:35

Maybe it would be more effective to ensure that there is enough money to plough into family planning clinics and sexual health advice and try to stop at least part of the need for the argument in the first place!

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