Letter: Access to abortion

Sir: Presumably Frank Dobson is "huffing and puffing" about abortion (leader, 20 January) because he perceives a problem with existing abortion law from the starting point of women's health needs. I agree with him. Abortion should not be seen as a moral question. Policy should simply be designed to allow for services that best meet women's needs when they are faced with unwanted pregnancy. What else makes sense?

Most women who have abortions are in their 20s and 30s. They know their own minds and can assess better than anyone else whether continuing a pregnancy is sensible or not. Why then treat them like children and demand they get permission from doctors? We don't need permission from doctors to have other operations we need.