HUNDREDS of doctors have launched a scathing attack on a top Brit medic who has been pushing to totally decriminalise abortion in the UK, it has been revealed.
A group of 650 medics reportedly signed a letter to Professor Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) objecting to her view that abortion should be treated like other medical procedures.
More than 600 docs have written a fiery letter – opposing a top docs bid to normalise abortion
Roughly 40 of the medics who signed the letter are members of the College, which represents specialists in women’s health, while the rest specialise in other areas.
In the fuming letter, seen by the Daily Mail, docs reportedly claimed her approach to abortion – which has already been backed by the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Midwives – could enable the procedure to become available for mothers right until they give birth.
The letter states: “We represent a variety of positions on the issue of abortion, but believe this motion is out of keeping with both our duties as responsible professionals and the expressed wishes of British women with regards to the legality and regulation of abortion.”
Last week, Professor Regan reportedly said women seeking abortions should only have to obtain consent from one doctor, as with any other medical procedure.
Backing the protest, Dr John Etherton, a GP and RCOG member from Lewes, East Sussex, said: “It sounds very benign to say let’s decriminalise a procedure, it sounds acceptable, but the immediate implications are that it opens the gate for infanticide.”
The 1967 Abortion Act, which is still in effect, means that abortions are illegal – unless the woman undergoing the procedure gets consent from two doctors.
RCOG’s council is meeting today to decide whether the college’s official policy should be changed to back full decriminalisation.
Professor Lesley Regan, president of the RCOG, has been sharply criticised for trying to relax abortion laws
The protesting professionals fear abortion may eventually become available for mum’s right until birth
Although the RCOG represents 6,000 senior docs who specialise in childbirth and women’s health across England, only 33 will be able to vote, the newspaper reports.
The news comes days after the the Care Quality Commission was given new powers to rate the services of abortion clinics.
Ministers said private providers will now be rated in a bid to end the “lottery of poor practice”.
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