16 April 2007

Conscientious Objectors

"It is increasingly difficult to recruit doctors to abortion services. Within five to seven years, a woman's ability to get an abortion will be more shaped by the service's ability to provide them rather than the state of the law." [British Pregnancy Advisory Service]

News of a big increase in the number of doctors refusing to carry out abortions represents an interesting development in the pro-life, pro-choice debate. If women really do find themselves unable to obtain an abortion, doctors' rights will be added to the pot of women's rights and unborn babies' rights ... I suspect things could get messy – especially for health professionals working in the NHS, who may find themselves less free to choose than those in the private sector – nurses as well as doctors, if they come under pressure to perform abortions.