Vacuum aspiration for induced abortion could be safely and legally performed by nurses and midwives

Sheldon, Sally and Fletcher, Joanne (2017) Vacuum aspiration for induced abortion could be safely and legally performed by nurses and midwives. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare, . ISSN 1471-1893. E-ISSN 2045-2098. (In press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1136/jfprhc-2016-101542) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Background: Some 40% of abortions carried out in England and Wales are done by vacuum aspiration. It is widely assumed that, in order to be lawful, these procedures must be performed by doctors. Aim and design: This study aimed to provide a detailed reassessment of the relevant law and the clinical evidence that supports this assumption. Conclusions: A close reading of relevant law reveals that this assumption is unfounded. On the contrary, it would be lawful for appropriately trained nurses or midwives, acting as part of a multidisciplinary team, to carry out vacuum aspiration procedures. This interpretation of the law offers the potential for developing more streamlined, cost-effective abortion services, which would be both safe and highly acceptable to patients.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sarah Slowe
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 12:03 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2017 09:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60132 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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