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Can doctors refuse you an abrtion

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user1489343787 Tue 21-Mar-17 21:25:17

Was reading a thread from US about doctors refusing trans people abortions and also if you have recently had an abortion. In the UK can the clinic or doctor refuse you an abortion for any reason?

Snap8TheCat Tue 21-Mar-17 21:25:50

Yes of course

HopelesslydevotedtoGu Tue 21-Mar-17 21:27:55

In the uk you have to meet the legal grounds for abortion, and two doctors have to agree this.

The grounds are broad, so it would be unlikely that someone who wanted a termination would be refused.

VikingVolva Tue 21-Mar-17 21:29:47

Yes they can, if they do not think you meet the criteria for a legal abortion.

You can however seek a second opinion.

user1489343787 Tue 21-Mar-17 21:30:30

What would be the reason for refusing iv heard tales about people breaking down in the consultation and the nurse not allow it to go ahead that day because the person is classed as emotional unstable and not made a real decision.

Unicorn22 Tue 21-Mar-17 21:31:50

Yes doctors are not obliged to sign the abortion form. They can refuse to sign it due to their own personal beliefs. However, they can refer you to another doctor if this is the case.

wizzywig Tue 21-Mar-17 21:32:09

Yes if they have religious objections against it, eg, if they are catholic. But they should tell you another gp in the surgery to go to

wizzywig Tue 21-Mar-17 21:32:35

Sorry unicorn just saw your post

HopelesslydevotedtoGu Tue 21-Mar-17 21:33:13

"That the pregnancy has not exceeded its twenty-fourth week and that the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman or any existing children of her family"

Most non medical terminations in the uk will be granted under this section, as continuing an unwanted pregnancy can be deemed a risk to the mental health of the woman, or her family.

BantyCustards Tue 21-Mar-17 21:34:15

Yes they can.

Yes, policing women's reproductive rights is wrong.

So far, luckily, here in the UK it's not a particularly high hurdle...

StewieGMum Tue 21-Mar-17 21:36:43

Women don't actually have the right to abortion on demand in UK. There's an exemption in the abortion act that allows women to have an abortion if it impacts their mental health. The exemption requires two signatures. It's unlikely for women to be refused and a doctor who has a religious exemption should immediately send you to another doctor. But, legally, the doctors decide. Not the patient:

TestingTestingWonTooFree Tue 21-Mar-17 21:54:51

Why did you choose to post this in pregnancy OP?

user1489343787 Tue 21-Mar-17 22:07:04

It's for research and because when you have an abortion u must be pregnant....

bignamechangeroonie Tue 21-Mar-17 22:08:46


Are you saying trans women (who are biologically male) are seeking terminations? hmm

Misssmoo Tue 21-Mar-17 22:10:06

I work in health care and people self refer in to hospital for this our GPS don refer them

arbrighton Tue 21-Mar-17 22:25:28

Research for what?

harleysmammy Tue 21-Mar-17 23:07:14

Of course they can. My friend got pregnant and her other half didnt want the baby, saying it was him or the baby, emotionally forced her into it. The doctor refused to allow it because he could see he was bullying her into it and it wasnt what she wanted. They havent got an obligation to allow it

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