Clinical update

Updated guidance on termination of pregnancy

The RCN has published updated evidence-based guidance on termination of pregnancy. 
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The RCN has published updated evidence-based guidance on termination of pregnancy

Essential facts

Under the supervision of a registered medical practitioner, nurses now plan, lead and manage a significant proportion of care for women undergoing medical termination of pregnancy.

The current legislation, which governs the issues of how a termination of pregnancy is allowed, comes from the Abortion Act 1967, which was revised and updated in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. The Act covers England, Scotland and Wales but does not apply to Northern Ireland.

What’s new?

The RCN has published updated guidance on termination of pregnancy, incorporating expert and evidence-based advice. It has been produced to support registered nurses and midwives working in the NHS and independent sectors.



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