Nurses set to perform abortions - UK

  1. Nurses should be allowed to carry out abortions to speed up the process and defuse growing controversy over terminations late in pregnancy, according to family planning chiefs.



    Waiting times to end a pregnancy could be cut by letting more junior staff oversee 'medical abortions' - drugs that induce a miscarriage - or simple surgery such as the vacuum procedure, says the Family Planning Association. Under current law, only doctors can perform a termination. But the FPA chief...

    http://politics.guardian.co.uk/publi...202968,00.html
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  2. 28 Comments

  3. by   elkpark
    I assume we are talking about (the UK equivalent of) CNMs and NPs? Sounds good to me ...
  4. by   fergus51
    UK doesn't have L&D nurses, they are midwives. They do deliveries and have other responsibilities American L&D nurses don't. I see no problem with this as long as they are well trained.
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Education and training, OK with me.
  6. by   nurseunderwater
    Educated, trained and safe....OK with me...
  7. by   SarahCeleste
    The LAST thing we need is easier access and availability of abortion, be it in the UK or the US.
  8. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from SarahCeleste
    The LAST thing we need is easier access and availability of abortion, be it in the UK or the US.
    :angryfire

    mom of 3
  9. by   canoehead
    Was this an abortion debate? Jeez....get me out of this joint.
  10. by   TweetiePieRN
    Quote from SarahCeleste
    The LAST thing we need is easier access and availability of abortion, be it in the UK or the US.
    :angryfire :angryfire
    Pro-choice and proud of it!
  11. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from canoehead
    Was this an abortion debate? Jeez....get me out of this joint.

    RUN FOR YOUR LIVES..............THERE'S A LOBSTER LOOSE :chuckle
  12. by   roxannekkb
    Quote from SarahCeleste
    The LAST thing we need is easier access and availability of abortion, be it in the UK or the US.
    I'm not going to get into an abortion debate, and that was not the purpose of this thread. But for the record, abortion is a legal procedure in the UK and the US, and if it is legal, then women should be able to have access to it, and it should be available to those that request it. Same as any other medical procedure.

    Making it unavailable, or hard to access does not decrease the rate of abortions. It does not make women want to carry a pregnancy to term. Rather, delaying the procedure only means that a woman will have a late abortion, or perhaps seek one out in an unsafe environment.

    If the nurses are qualified, then this sounds like a great idea to speed up the process, which will allow women the opportunity to abort early, and not have to wait until their pregnancy advances--when the procedure becomes more complicated and costly.
  13. by   Jaaaman
    I'm not going to get into an abortion debate, and that was not the purpose of this thread.
    Well, since the topic is about nurses being set to perform abortions in England, it is likely to stir up some strong emotional responses (since this procedure kills the developing fetus). I find it a sad state of affairs that so many people are so excepting of this barbaric procedure. But as you have said, it is allowed by our laws..... But some of us are not happy about this turn of events that have come into play in the last 40 years or so concerning abortion....... :stone
    Last edit by Jaaaman on Apr 27, '04
  14. by   Jaaaman
    Whoops! I guess I let the lobster run loose again!

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