Backed by powerful unions
TWO of the country’s most powerful medical organisations have already come out in favour of decriminalising abortions.
The British Medical Association, which represents two thirds of the UK’s 280,000 doctors, voted for the law change at its annual meeting in June.
Dr John Chisholm, of the union’s ethics committee, said it ‘should be treated as a medical issue’ not a crime. In May 2016 the Royal College of Midwives said it backed decriminalisation following a unilateral decision by its head, Professor Cathy Warwick.
At the time she was chairman of the country’s largest abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, though she has since stood down.