British Pro-Abortion Survey Finds Doctors Back Abortion But Want Limits

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 17, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
October 17,

London, England ( — A new survey conducted by the leading abortion business in England didn’t find the kind of results the organizers probably wanted. The Marie Stopes International poll of over 1,000 doctors in England found that just half want to remove the two doctor requirement before a woman can have an abortion there.

Currently, two physicians must sign off on the abortion beforehand.

MSI, which is based in London and does abortions worldwide, found only 52 percent of the physicians polled want to remove that requirement on abortions in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

In another question, the survey found that 80 percent of physicians labeled themselves "pro-choice" while just 20 percent said they were "anti-abortion." A professional poll with less skewed terms may have likely found different percentages.

Despite the pro-abortion slant to the poll, 62 percent agreed that allowing abortions up to 24 weeks into the pregnancy is too long and they favored cutting late-term abortions down to 20-23 weeks.

Still, about 60 percent of British doctors thought that preventing parents from being involved in their children’s abortion decisions was still alright. Pro-life groups have been strenuously lobbying for a change.