This is also commonly known as decriminalisation of abortion.
We do not currently have a position on decriminalisation. We’re committed to developing a position so that we can contribute to the debate.
As an RCN member, you can help to inform our position by completing this short survey.
Please note, there are different ways in which termination of pregnancy could be decriminalised. This survey does not seek your opinions on this – only the principle of removing criminal sanctions.
We are not consulting on the wider issues of termination of pregnancy, including the arguments for or against the procedure, nor are we calling for any change to gestational limits or change to the right to conscientious objection by health care professionals.
You can read the RCN’s current position statement on termination of pregnancy.
Responses to this survey will not be shared publicly and RCN membership numbers will be removed before the results are analysed so that views cannot be attributed to individual members.
The survey will close at 11pm on Sunday 18 March 2018. It should take no more than five minutes to complete. Responses are limited to one per RCN membership number.
The results of the survey will inform work by a panel of RCN staff and members to agree a position statement. The position statement will be published on the RCN website.
If you have any questions about the survey, please contact NDproject2018@rcn.org.uk.