Nurses are central to abortion reform
Michael Nevill Director of nursing, British Pregnancy Advisory Service
It is nurses who support women through the abortion pathway and the law should reflect this
In a landmark parliamentary debate in June, MPs announced their intention to table an amendment to the forthcoming Domestic Violence Bill to decriminalise consensual abortion up to 24 weeks. This would be done through repeal or reform of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, which made it a criminal offence, punishable by life imprisonment, for any woman to induce her own miscarriage and for anyone to assist her in doing so.
Nursing Standard. 33, 5, 11-11. doi: 10.7748/ns.33.5.11.s7