We read in the Oxford Mail: "An Oxfordshire councillor has complained about women having to travel outside the county for abortions. Cllr Dave King said he felt doctors working for the National Health Service should be required to provide abortion. A spokesman for Oxford hospitals said that some doctors working for the NHS in Oxfordshire had expressed objection to carrying out abortions, and the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Trust had contracted out abortions to the Marie Stopes organisation. The nearest clinics were in London and Reading, meaning that women travel out of the county. The latest statistics say that 80% of the abortions carried out on Oxfordshire women have taken place in Reading and London. [29 February]"
The John Radcliffe Hospital advertises its grim 'service' of 'early terminations', so the real complaint of Cllr King must be that not enough abortions are done in Oxfordshire, not that none are done here at all. Nevertheless, this is a good thing and long may it continue. The easier abortion seems, the more likely women are to resort to something which harms both them and their unborn children.