Abortion crisis: doctors refuse to do abortions in England

An article in the British publication The Independent describes how more and more doctors in England are refusing to perform abortions:

“Britain is facing an abortion crisis because an unprecedented number of doctors are refusing to be involved in carrying out the procedure. The exodus of doctors prepared to perform the task is a nationwide phenomenon that threatens to plunge the abortion service into chaos, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has warned.”

Part of this is due to the stigma of performing abortions. Abortionists are looked down upon by the public and the medical community.

“Distaste at performing terminations combined with ethical and religious convictions has led to a big increase in “conscientious objectors” who request exemption from the task, the RCOG says. A key factor is what specialists call “the dinner party test”. Gynaecologists who specialise in fertility treatment creating babies for childless couples are almost universally revered – but no one boasts of being an abortionist.”

More and more medical students and doctors are refusing abortion training:

“There is an increasing number of young doctors who are not participating in the training. The college and the Department of Health are really worried.”

Jeremy Lauranc “ABORTION CRISIS AS DOCTORS REFUSE TO PERFORM SURGERY” The Independent, 16 April 2007

Doctors are reluctant to kill babies like the one below in abortions.

9 – 10 weeks

9 – 10 weeks

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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