Doctors 'are breaking abortion law'


Friday 23 March 2012 01:00 GMT

Some doctors are breaking the law by “pre-signing” abortion consent forms, the Government said today. Spot-checks at more than 250 abortion clinics found evidence of blank forms being signed in anticipation of patients seeking a termination.

The law states that, except in emergencies, two doctors must agree for a woman to have an abortion. Although doctors do not have to see the woman in person, they must certify they are aware of her circumstances and why she wants to go ahead. It is thought that 15-20 per cent of clinics may be breaking the law.

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