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73.7% of Nurses Want Abortion Legalize in UK according to RCN Survey by katty : May 02, 2018, 08:18:58 AM
Abortion is currently illegal in England unless a woman obtains consent from two doctors.

They most both agree the procedure is “necessary” to prevent a substantial risk to the woman’s life or foetal abnormalities.

A UK-wide poll by the RCN shows 73.7 per cent of nurses were in favour of changing the law to end criminal sanctions.



Union leaders said they will now take these views into account before setting their new position.

Janet Davies, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “As the largest nursing organisation in the United Kingdom, we have sought to understand the views of all our members on decriminalisation.

“We will use the views of all our members to inform the RCN’s future work on this issue.”

Growing numbers of medical bodies claim the current law is outdated and warn it prevents women from accessing abortions. They say terminations should be treated no differently to any other procedure.

Both the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists last year changed their policies in favour of decriminalising abortion.

And the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, which represents 16,000 doctors and nurses, said young medics are put off training to provide terminations by the threat of criminal sanctions.

Overall, the number of abortions has fallen slightly in recent years.
There were 190,406 in England and Wales last year, down from 191,014 in 2015.
Source : The Sun

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