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Nurses to perform abortions?

27th March 2007

A loophole in the 1967 Abortion Act has revealed it would be legal for nurses to carry out early abortions, say analysts.

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A new interpretation of the law seems to indicate that although a doctor needs to be in overall charge of any abortive procedure, they would not need to be present during a termination which could be performed by a nurse. Pro-choice campaigners have welcomed the news saying it will improve access to abortion services for women but anti-abortionists have raised safety concerns.

The Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care report states that the law does allow for nurses to carry out early abortions. Currently nurses are allowed to give medication to induce an abortion but 25 years ago the Royal College of Nursing sought legal advice over the legitimacy of their members causing a termination using a pill. The court ruled that as long as the termination was carried out as part of a team with a doctor in charge it was legal for a nurse to issue to the medication. Since then, this new report has concluded that, as the ruling made no distinction between surgical and medical abortions, it would therefore be lawful for a nurse to perform a termination.

The government has disputed the findings which have sparked a debate over the role of nurses in abortive procedures. A spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said they would not be opposed to nurses performing surgical abortions but the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, has asked, "Do nurses really want to perform abortions, the killing of innocent human beings?"


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charles linskaill

Monday 2nd April 2007 @ 23:11

I don't think a Nurse preforming abortions is morally right at all! Next it will be "drive in abortions" Drive in "not for fast foods" but for your abortion!
First of all any woman wanting an abortion requires some sort of counselling and that should come from professional help right up to the time of the abortion, not a nurse just turning up with a "hand full of pills" or a "suction device"
Then there is the nurse. What if She or He is young? Do you not think at some point they may need physcological help if they look back and think about all the babies they "DID AWAY WITH" for a "pittance" of a wage!

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