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SPUC criticises plan for GP surgery abortion

5 December 2007

SPUC criticises plan for GP surgery abortion London, 5 December 2007 - The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has criticised the British government over its reported trials of providing abortion through family doctors' surgeries.

John Smeaton, SPUC's national director, said: "This is all part of government policy to increase access to abortion, which will lead to an increase in abortions. Quite apart from completely ignoring the rights of the unborn child, the government is ignoring a significant body of medical opinion and human experience which shows that abortion is unsafe for women. Dr Martha Shuping, a psychiatrist who treats post-abortive women, has pointed to research in California and Finland which shows that abortion increases the likelihood of suicide in women. "The blunt instrument of government policy is being used to engineer conveyor-belt abortion, giving women less time to think and creating even more pressure on them before having an abortion. This is also an attack on conscientious objection, trying to wear down the medical profession's increasing resistance to abortion. "Is the government aware of the number of studies that have been carried out showing the impact on health care providers of carrying out of abortions? Furthermore, have they carried out any research themselves? "Doctors have been in touch with us asking for material which will help women consider other options." The BBC has reported the trials at two undisclosed locations which, in turn, were reported in Pulse magazine.


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