- February 28, 2011 12:00AM
The draft guidance – drawn up by 18 senior gynaecologists, nurses and abortion providers from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – recommended that women considering terminations be told that “abortion is generally safer than continuing pregnancy to term,” the Sunday (London) Telegraph reported.
The guidance, which would be given to doctors, nurses and counsellors advising pregnant women, also says women must be told that most do not suffer any psychological harm following abortions.
Josephine Quintavalle, of the Pro-Life Alliance, said the college was “manipulating the evidence” to promote a pro-choice message.
“I don’t believe that most women considering abortions are worried it will kill them or are worrying about dying in childbirth; this is a blatant attempt to force an absurdly liberal agenda on women when they are at their most vulnerable.”
However, Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said: “This guidance isn’t a political document and isn’t trying to persuade women to have abortions.”
The Royal College said it was rewriting some of the recommendations after being alert to the concerns by the newspaper.