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One in 10 practices won't refer for NHS abortions

One in four practices has at least one GP who is a conscientious objector to abortion, a national Government audit reveals. And one in 10 practices does not offer referral for NHS abortion, according to a report last week by the independent advisory group on teenage pregnancy. The group expressed concern at the results of the audit of 4,020 practices.

But Dr Trevor Stammers(above) condemned the advisers, claiming they ignored the evidence to further their own ideological commitment to abortion.

Dr Stammers, a GP tutor in south-west London, said: 'In 20 years of practice I have only seen one case where I might have signed the form for an abortion.'

He said women had returned years later expressing regret at their decision to have abortions in the past. He added: 'Is a society that ends the lives of its weakest members likely to be kind to them after birth?'

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