Monday, 16 April 2007

Abortion crisis in the UK

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists today issued a statement to say that the number of doctors prepared to carry out abortions is gradually falling and will lead to a crisis in the service. They recognise any doctor's right to refuse to carry out abortions but equally are aware that it is an essential service. They go on to say that family planning and gynaecological services should have adequate funding to ensure that abortions are kept to a minimum.

There is an extensive and what seems to be a well-balanced report in the Independent. By the time the BBC reported the story, the situation was threatening the National Health Service.

The report I find interesting though, is also in the Independent, "Issue that goes to the heart of our differences with America". I've said in the past on other blogs that there just doesn't seem to be nearly as much emotion on this side of the Atlantic, but faced with the discussions that seem to abound, sometimes I have wondered if I was missing something here. A case of selective awareness perhaps, and only noticing opinions that would reinforce my own point of view. Well if that is the case, the Independent article is another reinforcement. I particularly like the final sentence.

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