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RCOG statement on article ‘Abortion crisis as doctors refuse to perform surgery’ (Independent, 16 April 2007)

News 16 April 2007

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) recognises that abortion is an essential part of women's healthcare services and adequate investment and workforce is essential.

The RCOG is aware of the slow but growing problem of trainees opting out of training in the termination of pregnancy and is therefore concerned about the abortion service of the future.

The RCOG recognises that it is an important right for any doctor to object to performing abortion. The future of the sexual healthcare services requires careful workforce planning in order for abortion services to be available to the women who need it most.

Most woman find the decision to go forward for termination very difficult and it is essential that there is a trained and sympathetic workforce to help in this aspect of woman's health.

The RCOG also believes that proper education and use of contraceptives are essential to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Likewise, it is crucial that our family planning and gynaecological services have the suitable investment and funding needed to offer an appropriate service.