Abortion industry ‘heading towards a crisis’

Britain’s abortion industry is “heading towards a crisis”, according to the editor-in-chief of a medical journal.

Dr Sandy Goldbeck-Wood, editor of the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, said: “We’re facing the possibility that we’re going to be lacking a qualified workforce.”

She revealed that “only 1% of trainee obstetricians and gynaecologists are taking higher training in abortion”.

‘Natural reluctance’

Commenting on the figure, John Smeaton, the chief executive of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), said:

“Might not this extraordinarily low percentage reflect a natural human reluctance amongst trainee obstetricians and gynaecologists to kill babies in the womb?”

The latest Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care highlights that most abortions take place in private clinics, outside the NHS, where the majority of procedures are medical, not surgical.


According to Goldbeck-Wood, this means medical trainees are deprived of “valuable learning opportunities”, such as carrying out surgical late-term abortions.

She is calling for a liberalisation of the law, easier access to abortion and for the procedure to be merged with ‘other healthcare in the NHS’.

Goldbeck-Wood claims that medical abortions are “safe”, believes women should not have to obtain consent from doctors before having an abortion, and describes pro-life advocates as “extremists”.


Deputy Director for Public Affairs at The Christian Institute, Simon Calvert, said: “It is deplorable that Dr Golbeck-Wood considers the destruction of human lives by surgical abortion ‘valuable’ training.

“The fact that only one per cent of trainee obstetricians and gynaecologists are taking higher training in abortion is not a ‘crisis’ for medicine, but it may reflect the crisis of conscience that many medics feel about abortion.

“The more we develop treatments for unborn babies, the more people realise how indefensible abortion is.”

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