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RCOG statement on the CMO’s letter to doctors on abortion services

News 22 November 2013

The Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) earlier decision not to prosecute the two doctors was based on a decision that it would not be in the public interest to take the cases to court because of the lack of guidance to doctors on the assessment requirements for certification. The CPS’s detailed statement can be found here.

The Department of Health will now work with the GMC, BMA, RCOG and FSRH to produce urgent guidance for doctors providing these services, which will include consideration of the evidence that doctors must gather before an opinion is reached on certification.

In her letter, the CMO reminds doctors that abortions performed on grounds of fetal sex alone are illegal.