Sunday, 11 November 2007

Anti-abortion GP faces inquiry over claims of giving partisan advice to patients

A family doctor who is a leading campaigner against abortion is facing an inquiry by the General Medical Council after allegations that she breached ethical guidelines by trying to dissuade patients from having a termination.

The medical regulator is looking into the conduct of Tamie Downes, a West Country GP, whom critics accuse of trying to promote her anti-abortion views while patients are confused about their pregnancy.

The inquiry has arisen after the GMC received a complaint, believed to be from a practising doctor involved in the pro-choice movement, about an interview with Downes in the Daily Mail earlier this year. In it she described how she talked to the women who come to her to discuss having an abortion about having the baby instead. Read more

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