Nurses 'may carry out abortions' following Parliamentary debate

Nurses could be allowed to carry out abortions if amendments put forward to the House of Commons are approved.

Amendments have been submitted by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, for debate in Parliament in early July, to allow nurses with suitable training to take part in abortion care wherever appropriate.

Currently, nurses can only perform pregnancy tests, provide counselling and undertake ultrasound scanning.
But if the amendments are successful, nurses would be allowed to carry out both early medical abortions and surgical abortions, provided they have the sufficient training.

However, nurses would not be allowed to sign the legal grounds for abortion which would still be reserved to doctors.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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