In England, where the study took place, an ultrasound scan is a routine part of pre-abortion care in order to confirm the number of weeks of pregnancy, even though both the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) said in a 2011 guideline, as has the World Health Organization in 2012, that this is not clinically necessary.
A feature on women practising civil disobedience to fight for women’s right to safe abortions.
The Committee notes a steady decrease in teenage pregnancies in the UK during the period of review, but identifies areas of concern.
Cathy Warwick, Royal College of Midwives in UK: “The Royal College of Midwives is not advocating for or against abortion – but for a decriminalisation that would allow women to make their own decisions”.
Academic paper: Moving abortion care to a community setting