UK abortion laws ... may be eased?
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|Fri, 11-02-2007 - 9:57pm|
So, shortly after a bunch of British news pieces talking about whether public opinion supports big new restrictions on abortion availability, with some conservatives wanting to decrease the limit to 13 weeks... the Commons science and technology committee comes out with a report firmly heading in the opposite direction.
"There is no reason why women seeking an abortion should need the approval of two doctors, a group of MPs has said.
A report by the Commons science and technology committee found the requirement did not serve a useful purpose and might be causing delays. MPs also rejected calls to lower the 24-week legal limit for an abortion in England, Wales and Scotland....The main report also called for more involvement by nurses in early abortions."
This is also soon after the physicians' group (I forget what those british docs call themselves when gathered in large herds) emphatically denied that specially trained nurses and midwives should be able to perform first-trimester medication and aspiration abortions under the supervision of a doc. The report contradicts that opinion. (I happen to agree with the report and consider that the docs are being silly or selfish or something. A nurse or midwife qualified to place an IUD is certainly technically skilled enough to perform an aspiration.)
"It said nurses and midwives with suitable training and professional guidance should not be prevented from carrying out all stages of early medical abortions, which involves the use of drugs, and early surgical abortions. There was no evidence such a move would compromise patient safety or quality of care, the committee's report found."
Thoughts? Do we think there is really such a disconnect between the feeling of the public and the finding of the Commons, or is this a creation of the British media? If there were such a disconnect, which body should make the rules?