An NHS doctor has been banned from saving babies
Last February, we published an update on the practice of induced abortion in the pandemic crisis (Latest on chemical abortion […] in the US and the UK). With the widespread practice of telemedicine and permission by special healthcare systems to prescribe abortion pills to induce abortion at the patient’s request, the number of abortions did not decrease during the pandemic crisis. Women have been able to carry out terminations at home by swallowing two powerful pills over 48 hours; the pills are sent to them following a telephone consultation, so-called “pills-by-post” abortions (read HERE).
A recent article published on the website of British newspaper The Daily Mail (MailOnline, (May 29, 2021) reports that “An NHS [UK national health service] doctor has been banned from trying to save the babies of women who regret starting controversial ‘pills-by-post’ abortions introduced because of the pandemic.” Indeed he has saved several children by helping anguished women who turned to him after the NHS provided no solution to their predicament, when it is a practice established in several healthcare systems worldwide (read HERE).
NHS doctor banned for respecting the autonomy of patients
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) panel ordered him to stop offering the treatment, which is not approved by health officials. The decision came after a complaint by abortion provider MSI Reproductive Choices, formerly known as Marie Stopes International, says the article.
The MSI claims that “[…] he inappropriately prescribed progesterone to a patient for use not backed by evidence, failed to present a balanced picture of its benefits and risks, and imposed his anti-abortion beliefs on her.”
But sister newspaper The Mail on Sunday has been told that the doctor will vigorously contest the allegations and is being supported by The Christian Legal Centre. Three women he helped are to give evidence in his defense.
The NHS has been accused several times by bioethicists and criticized in a court ruling (read HERE) for their scandalous practices against the will of the patient, compromising a basic bioethical principle in medical care: patient autonomy. Our Observatory has published several articles that had international repercussions, such as the cases of Ashya King, Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard.