Northern Ireland gynaecologists call for abortion law change

Most gynaecologists in Northern Ireland want to see the country's abortion legislation changed, a survey suggests.

Currently fetal abnormality is not legal grounds for an abortion in Northern Ireland (Photograph: SPL)
Currently fetal abnormality is not legal grounds for an abortion in Northern Ireland (Photograph: SPL)

Over three-quarters think that abortion should be legal on grounds on fetal abnormality and 70% said they would personally be prepared to carry out abortion in these circumstances. Currently fetal abnormality is not legal grounds for an abortion in Northern Ireland.

Of the 42 gynaecologists practising in Northern Ireland, 37 responded to the survey, conducted by Colin Francome, Professor in the Sociology of Health, at Middlesex University.

Professor Francome said that was his second study on the views of gynaecologists in Northern Ireland. He said the findings showed that ‘the vast majority' of gynaecologists in Northern Ireland agreed that ‘the situation for women with an unwanted pregnancy is very unfair'.

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