UK study recommends changes to abortion law

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The Shaping Abortion for Change study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is being presented in the House of Commons. The 1967 Abortion Act requires two doctors to authorise an abortion. The new study indicates that 87% of abortions in England and Wales are medical abortions, increasingly supervised by nurses. The study recommends that trained nurses and midwives should be allowed to prescribe abortion medication and perform vacuum aspirations since they are the ones in contact with the patient.

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