Abortion care: Our responsibility
Each year in England and Wales around 200,000 women have an abortion, making this the most common medical or surgical procedure performed in this country. Around one-third of British women will have had an abortion by the time they reach the age of 45.
Fifty years after the Abortion Act 1967, the RCOG has identified as a key priority the need to ensure today’s abortion services are sustainable into the future. Changes to the way abortion care is commissioned and delivered are having an impact on doctors’ access to training and women’s access to services, while the low prestige and stigma that can be associated with abortion care are affecting morale.
Join the RCOG and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) to celebrate International Women’s Day 2017, where our aim is to ensure abortion is seen as a core part of women’s health services, not ‘somebody else’s business’. We invite all healthcare professionals who provide abortion care to attend.
Expert speakers and advocates for abortion care will provide insights into the challenges experienced in providing training in this area, what it’s like to work in abortion care, and the wider environment in which abortion services are delivered. The programme includes presentations on:
- The moral case for abortion
- Training and working in abortion care – stigma, conscientious objection, and the view from clinicians
- The effect of unintended pregnancy and abortion on mental health and wellbeing
- Recent technical advances in abortion care
- Commissioning abortion services in the UK
- The RCOG Abortion Task Force
Attendees will also have the chance to take part in a panel discussion looking at current clinical controversies in abortion care, as well as an interactive workshop exploring attitudes to abortion.
We look forward to welcoming you to what we believe will be an inspiring and informative day.
Professor Lesley Regan, President, RCOG
Honorary Director of Conferences
Mr Nick Panay MRCOG, London