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bpas welcomes the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare’s support for the decriminalisation of abortion

Bpas has welcomed today’s statement from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FSRH), supporting the removal of criminal sanctions associated with abortion throughout the UK. The FSRH Council voted to adopt a new formal position in support of decriminalisation, following a consultation which “showed there is a broad and clear consensus from the vast majority of our members”.

The FSRH has today adopted the following statement as its formal position:

“FSRH supports the removal of criminal sanctions associated with abortion, throughout the UK. Abortion should be subject to appropriate professional standards and regulatory frameworks.

“Where it is assessed to be safe on a case-by-case basis, FSRH supports use of abortion medication at home (or a place of the woman’s choice).

“FSRH supports the provision of contraceptive services in abortion care. We believe that abortion services should be required and commissioned to employ appropriately trained healthcare professionals to provide contraceptive advice, information, and care to all women who want it.”

The FSRH has been clear that decriminalisation would not mean deregulation, and that they support the regulation of abortion care under the same robust healthcare laws and clinical standards as all other medical procedures.

Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at bpas said:

“It’s brilliant to see the FSRH join the growing number of medical bodies supporting the decriminalisation of abortion.  While the 1967 Abortion Act has largely served women well over the last 50 years, it is now out of step with clinical developments, principles of patient-centred treatment, and can act as a barrier to the  provision of the best possible medical care for women. We look forward to working with colleagues to achieve the reproductive healthcare framework women today need and deserve.”


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About bpas

bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.