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Christian doctors slam GP abortion plans

By Gareth Iacobucci

Christian doctors have hit out at the Government over its plans to trial medical abortion in GP practices.

The Department of Health recently confirmed that trials, which are aiming to make abortion available closer to where patients live, would take place at two secret primary care locations to avoid any disruption from anti-abortion activists.

If successful, the expansion to ‘non-traditional settings', which could eventually pave the way for nurses to carry out medical abortions and even give authority for a termination, could get the green light early as next year.

The Christian Medical Fellow-ship (CMF) said the plans, revealed earlier this month by Pulse, would threaten patient safety and ‘make many GP patients and surgery staff feel outraged'.

Dr Peter Saunders, CMF general secretary, said: ‘We support the BMA's concern about safety issues concerning who performs abortions and where, but we go further and ask what the Department of Health's real agenda is here? We suspect this is just one further step to home abortion.'

He added: ‘If GP surgeries are eventually licensed for carrying out abortions, what is that saying about family medicine? What confusion will this create in the minds of patients when their 'family doctor' is treating illness in one consulting room and ending life in another?'

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