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bpas urges BMA doctors not to reduce abortion time limit

Published 28 June 2005

bpas urges BMA doctors not to reduce abortion time limit

bpas (abortion care) - UK's leading specialist abortion provider - is urging British  doctors to reject any reduction in abortion time limits.   In an open letter sent to members of the BMA,bpas chief executive Ann Furedi has explained why women decide to have a late abortion and how difficult that decision is.

"Women seek late abortion reluctantly, because they believe it is the 'least worst' option they can take" explains Ann Furedi, "late abortion is difficult emotionally for the patient and those who care for her.  Women request it out of desperation and doctors provide it out of compassion.

 

"A reduction in the legal time limit will not end the need for late abortion.  If the time limit is lowered some women will be forced to become unwilling mothers.  Others will travel abroad for legal abortion in other countries."

The BMA are holding an open debate tomorrow (30 June 2005) at their annual representatives' conference.  Doctors will vote after the debate to determine their policy on abortion time limits.

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Notes to editors

bpas, a registered charity since 1968, is the UK's leading specialist abortion provider and carried out almost 50,000 abortions last year. Almost 80 per cent of treatment carried out bybpas is under contract to the NHS.

National statisticsThere were 181,582 legal abortions carried out in England and Wales in 2003105,072(58%) of abortions were carried out at 4 - 9 weeks of pregnancy2,927(1.6%) of abortions were carried out at 20 weeks and over

Comprehensive information on abortion andbpas services is available atwww.bpas.org

OPEN LETTER TO BMA MEMBERS

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