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Maintain abortion providers right to provide pre-abortion counselling

Submitted on Monday 29th August 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: no-action (see below for details)

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Maintain abortion providers right to provide pre-abortion counselling

Additional Information

We are opposed to proposed amendments to the Health and Social Care bill requiring GPs to make provision for ‘independent advice and counselling’ for women seeking abortion, stripping abortion providers of responsibility for carrying out this role.

We urge that when these amendments are debated at the Report Stage of the Health and Social Care Bill on 6-7th September, our opposition is taken into consideration and these amendments are rejected.

Abortion providers are already obliged to ensure women receive all relevant information about the procedure and should not be preventing from offering decision-making support to women.

We do not agree that organisations opposed in principle to abortion should become formally involved in counselling.

Women must be trusted to make their own decisions regarding their reproductive health, and any information received should remain scientifically accurate, driven by clinical best practice, rather than by ideological agenda.

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