Abortion should not be a crime, say Britain's childbirth doctors
Members of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists vote in favour of decriminalisation of abortion
Denis Campbell Health policy editor
Friday 22 September 2017
Britain’s childbirth doctors have urged ministers to scrap laws dating to Victorian times that could see a woman jailed for life for having an abortion.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) voted on Friday to support the growing demand for decriminalisation of abortion in Britain.
Its ruling council agreed to change the college’s position from neutrality on the issue to one that urges the repeal of sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861.