London, England, Jun 30, 2017 / 05:02 am
In response to an ongoing effort in the U.K. to allow abortions to take place up to birth, a massive group of doctors and medical students signed a letter denouncing the controversial campaign.
Over 1,400 medical associates addressed the British Medical Association, saying that a change in policy won't reflect the opinions of all the medical staff or majority of women in Britain – and that it's also an extreme measure that could damage the BMA's reputation.
"We represent a variety of positions on the issue of abortion, but believe this motion is out of keeping with both our duties as responsible professionals and the expressed wishes of British women with regards to the legality and regulation of abortion," the letter reads.
The motion was debated on June 27 at the association's annual meeting. If passed, the measure would implement an increase in the accessibility of abortions from the current law of 24 weeks, potentially offering abortions from anywhere between 28 weeks until birth.