More than one thousands doctors revolt over bid to allow abortions right up until birth

Jun 26, 2017 by

by Sophie Borland, Mailonline:

More than 1,000 doctors are in open revolt over a vote to scrap the abortion limit.

Tomorrow up to 500 doctors at the British Medical Association’s annual conference will debate whether the country should decriminalise abortion.

If they vote in favour, the BMA will adopt this stance as its formal policy and lobby the Government for a change in the law which bans abortions after 24 weeks.

But up to 1,200 doctors have signed a petition calling on the union to scrap the ballot, fearing the profession will be ‘severely damaged’.

They have written a joint letter to the BMA’s council – its most senior officials – warning that the vote will be swayed by pro-abortion campaigners.

The BMA is one of the UK’s most powerful medical institutions and its decision to hold the abortion vote at its Bournemouth conference reflects a recent shift in opinion.

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