Letter: End hypocrisy of abortion rules

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Sir: The abortion law is out of date. We GPs have to go through the hypocritical process, along with a second doctor, of signing a document stating that the abortion is necessary for at least one of four well-defined criteria. In reality we are just agreeing to abortion on demand for any reason at all, usually because the woman doesn't want to be pregnant.

Would it not be honest and logical to dispense with this rather phoney legislation, or at least draft something more relevant to current practice? I am not sure that abortion on demand is right but if it is what society wants, then let's be open and honest about it.

Dr STUART J DOVE

Ashford, Kent

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