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GPs will vote with feet on abortions

All of a sudden, when the intention is to push for abortions in GP surgeries, pro-abortion MPs are stressing that attending hospital to have a termination is a traumatic event - which those who deal with post-abortion psychological trauma have always known it to be.

But what is not mentioned is that one of the prime driving factors in the unseemly haste to get GPs to carry out abortions is that there are insufficient gynaecologists entering the specialty to meet the ever increasing demand for abortion. They have voted with their feet.

Similarly, if every GP surgery in the land is turned into an abortion clinic, GPs will quit the NHS in their droves as well. Your own survey showed that around a quarter of GPs will not refer for abortion.

Far more than that will refuse to carry out these terminations.

From Dr Trevor Stammers, senior tutor in general practice, St George's University of London

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