British pro-abortion lobby wants two-doctor requirement eliminated for chemical abortions

By Dave Andrusko

Abortion is already legal through 24 weeks, and legal on demand throughout pregnancy in Great Britain, if the child is prenatally diagnosed with a “physical or mental abnormality.”

The government run National Health Service (NHS) pays for abortions.

Prominent pro-abortion organizations are having success in a campaign to totally decriminalize abortion, meaning the end to the pro-forma requirement that two doctors approve.

Last June delegates at the British Medical Association annual representative meeting voted to support the decriminalization of abortion.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists [RCOG], which represents almost 6,000 senior doctors specializing in childbirth and women’s health, is voting today on just such a proposal.

In the past week prominent Prof. Lesley Regan compared having an abortion to have a bunion removed.

But enough is never enough for the voraciously hungry pro-abortion lobby. The Times of London reports that a study published

in the journal Contraception, concluded: ‘Despite the presence of abortion services in Great Britain, a diverse group of women still experiences logistical and personal barriers to accessing care through the formal healthcare system, or prefer the privacy of conducting their abortions in their own homes.’

How did these “experts from the University of Edinburgh and the Netherlands” come to this conclusion?

According to the Daily Mail, the study “found some women in England, Scotland and Wales [where abortion is legal] are shunning traditional routes such as the NHS in favour of seeking help online”–meaning chemical abortions.

The study, titled, “Barriers to accessing abortion services and perspectives on using mifepristone and misoprostol at home in Great Britain,” reported that of 180 women who anonymously emailed the pro-abortion organization Women on Waves, half (49%) cited one or more of 209 reasons for wanting a chemical (RU-486) abortion–that is (as the study put it), an abortion secured “outside the formal healthcare setting.”

Women cited a multiplicity of categories of reasons (including NHS’ bureaucracy and a desire to abort at home) why the two doctor requirement should be eliminated for chemically-induced abortions. In the words of the sympathetic study authors (which included Rebecca Gomperts, the Founder and Director of Women on Waves and Women on Web), “a more woman-centered approach to service provision,” meaning fewer visits (if any) to abortion clinics.