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BMA move for more abortion is betrayal of medicine, says SPUC

27 June 2007

BMA move for more abortion is betrayal of medicine, says SPUC Westminster, 27 June 2007 - The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has condemned today's vote by the British Medical Association (BMA) for easier access to abortion in early pregnancy, but expressed relief that the BMA rejected a call for nurses to perform abortions. It has been reported that the BMA's annual representative meeting voted in favour of abolishing the legal requirement for a second doctor to authorise abortion, but voted against a motion calling for nurses and mid-wives to be allowed to perform early abortions. Anthony Ozimic, SPUC political secretary, commented: "The call for abortion to be made more freely available in early pregnancy is inept. This would lead to even greater pressure on women, with less opportunity for them to reflect before making a decision, and therefore will lead to greater numbers of abortions. Most people agree that there are too many abortions already. We call on the government, the medical profession and all those concerned to reverse the current policies which encourage abortions." SPUC was concerned about the procedural propriety of the BMA's vote. Christine Hudson of SPUC's south-west region, who lobbied delegates at the BMA meeting, said: "Why were the pro-abortion motions prioritised, and other motions that raise questions about abortion safety, conscientious objection and discriminatory abortion of disabled babies sidelined?"

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