Abortion Rights welcomes calls from practitioners in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care to extend the role of nurses to allow them to perform early abortions. The 1967 Abortion Act, which governs abortion access in Britain, is currently narrowly interpreted to mean that the procedure must be carried out by a doctor. This restriction is not necessary as nurses are capable of performing the straightforward early abortion procedure, and do so in many countries. Allowing nurses to perform early abortion under the supervision of doctors could lead to significant reduction in current NHS waiting times.
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