BMJ 2023; 380 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p563
Published 08 March 2023
The UK government is facing fresh pressure to overhaul abortion law after new research found strong backing among women and healthcare professionals for change.
The Shaping Abortion for Change (Sacha) study, led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), recommended allowing nurses and midwives to authorise an abortion, prescribe abortion drugs, and perform vacuum aspirations as they do in miscarriage care. If adopted, this would mean scrapping the requirement under the Abortion Act 1967 for two doctors to authorise an abortion.