After 50 years of legal abortion in Great Britain, calls grow for further liberalisation

BMJ 2017; 359: j5278
Author: Sally Howard
“Despite these shifts and many countries having moved to liberal models of social “abortion on demand,” the 1967 Act remains largely unchanged. An increasingly vocal lobby of medical practitioners and campaigners, including the BMA, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), say that the act is outdated: it excludes social abortions; it restricts abortions to registered medical premises but not primary care settings; and, perhaps most controversially, it does not extend to Northern Ireland.”
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