Removing criminal sanctions from abortion legislation

Abortion legislation study

In March 2018, the Royal College of Nursing launched a UK-wide survey of members on the principle of removing criminal sanctions from termination of pregnancy

(commonly referred to as decriminalisation of abortion). The consultation focused solely on the principle of decriminalisation of termination of

pregnancy. 73.7% of respondents voted in favour of the decriminalisation of abortion. The RCN believe that abortion should be treated the

same as any other medical practice, subject to regulation and following the poll will be reviewing their future work relating to termination of pregnancy legislation.

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