Abortions Advice Rule Is Insulting

The Mirror (London, England), April 18, 2011 | Go to article overview

Abortions Advice Rule Is Insulting


Byline: Miriam Stoppard

When I read that MPs are trying to insist that a woman seeking an abortion must receive advice and counselling from an independent organisation in a bid to cut abortion rates, I felt a mixture of emotions.

Sadness and frustration because of the battles we fought in the Sixties and Seventies to gain women the right to control what happens to their bodies, including having an abortion.

Anger that this rule is to be applied, which basically insults a woman's intelligence by not crediting her with the ability to make up her own mind.

Finally, despondency that do-gooders are trying to force on women yet another delay in procuring a termination - medically, a dangerous move.

The second and equally shocking move (by the MPs) is to strip the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) of its role in setting the guidelines on abortion, claiming the RCOG has been unprofessional and unethical in drawing up our present advice to doctors.

As someone who has worked with the RCOG over the years on many occasions I find this assertion quite incredible and again, deeply insulting.

Who better to draw up abortion guidelines than a group of specialists working in this area who have intimate knowledge about all aspects of abortion including medical, moral, ethical, religious and psychological ones? …

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