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RCM boss hits headlines for supporting decriminalisation of abortions

Cathy Warwick questioned over decision to back decriminalisation of abortions

Warwick supports women's right not to face legal charges for abortions

RCM boss defends her decision to back decriminalisation of abortion and giving women the right to choose

Cathy Warwick

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The chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), Cathy Warwick, has hit the headlines for backing a campaign to decriminalise abortions, that would mean women would never face criminal charges for taking the decision to go ahead with an abortion. 

Warwick has been accused of a conflict of interest and criticised for backing the campaign without talking to the board or holding a vote for members.

The campaign, led by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), of which Warwick also chairs the board of trustees, is calling for reform on the laws regarding abortion. It states that abortion should be removed from the criminal law and women in the 21st Century should be trusted to make their own decisions about their pregnancies.

The current law states that a woman can be liable to life imprisonment if she terminates her pregnancy beyond 24 weeks without medical legal authorisation.

A spokesman for the RCM said: “The RCM does not believe it is right that in the 21st Century it is still the case that women who choose to have an abortion can be criminalised and jailed.

“Accordingly the RCM believes that abortion should be removed from the criminal law.

“The RCM believes that if we are to be advocates for women then we must advocate for choice on all aspects of their care.

“This is not about being for or against abortion; it is about being for women and respecting their choices about their bodies.”

RCM boss hits headlines for supporting decriminalisation of abortions