A new generation of guardian.co.uk on Doctors\" href=\"http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/doctors\">doctors will be put off from becoming involved in abortion services by high-profile protest campaigns and a political \”witch-hunt\”, providers fear.
The current climate is already causing anxiety among doctors who are concerned that their practice will be called into question, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) said, as activists behind a new campaign to demonstrate outside abortion clinics were joined at one protest in London by a Catholic bishop.
The warning comes as the BPAS and pro-choice campaigners say they feel \”under siege\” after the government ordered an unannounced inspection of more than 250 clinics in England, claiming as many as a fifth were pre-signing consent forms for terminations. The inspections by officials from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) were said to have found evidence of blank forms being signed in anticipation of women seeking a termination. Although doctors do not have to see the woman in person, they must certify that they are aware of her circumstances and why she wants to go ahead with the procedure.
A spokesperson for the BPAS said: \”Abortion is a vital yet stigmatised area of women\’s healthcare which few doctors train in. The current politicisation of abortion provision is likely to make it even harder to recruit a future generation of abortion doctors who are prepared to provide the care that a third of women will need in the course of their lifetimes.\”
Sorry folks but the legality of abortion does not over ride everyones\’, or even anyones\’, ability to approve of, tolerate or disapprove of those who have them or those who perform them.
Just as the legality of adultery leaves us all with our own opinions of swingers\’ parties and even the people who organise them.
My suspicion is that this whining is more related to the opt out available to medical students than anything else. With an increasing fraction of the medical profession being Moslem (and the theological Moslem objection to abortion is roughly the same as the Catholic one) there are stories that such opts outs, the refusal to even consider training to take part, is rising. Which could indeed lead to a \”problem\”, that abortion is legal but that there aren\’t many people willing to actually perform one.
I really wouldn\’t be surprised at all if this was the start of a campaign to remove that opt out.