Letter: Abortion: GPs' duty

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Letter: Abortion: GPs' duty

Sir: I was disturbed to read the report about the Marie Stopes survey (23 June) which states that the majority of doctors think there is not a need for them to be involved in abortion decisions up to 14 weeks. It is very important that doctors are involved in a decision which will end in the death of one of their patients.

Marie Stopes doesn't appear to appreciate that GPs are allowed to have objections to abortion and are not there merely to rubber-stamp a decision. From my experience as a nurse, the most sympathetic GPs are those who care for both patients in front of them - the mother and her child.

Many women suffer badly from post-abortion syndrome. They need our care and support as much as those women who are in a crisis pregnancy.