Bid to scrap second abortion signature

Proposals to scrap the need for two doctors' signatures to give permission for an abortion have been welcomed by women's health experts.

A number of amendments to the Abortion Act of 1967 have been tabled for debate in the House of Commons this autumn.

The debate was originally scheduled to have taken place last month but was delayed to allow more time for the debate.

Professor Wendy Savage, from the group Doctors for a Woman's Choice on Abortion, said that many doctors would be relieved not to have to sign the abortion forms.

‘This amendment recognises the fact that ultimately it is down to the woman to decide if she wants an abortion not the doctor.'

Dr Sarah Jarvis, RCGP spokeswomen for women's health, said: ‘It is a highly contentious area but I don't think that it is a bad thing to only need one signature.'

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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