Doctors and nurses can 'conscientiously object' to prescribing contraception, new guidelines say

Consultants, GPs, and nurses who specialise in sexual health will be able to “conscientiously object” on religious or moral grounds to prescribing contraception, under new professional guidelines.

The decision comes from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH), which is the training body for NHS consultants in community and sexual reproductive health.

The FSRH also awards a diploma to GPs and nurses to fit long-lasting reversible contraception, such as the contraceptive “coil” or hormonal implant, and advise around birth control and fertility issues. 

Its previous guidelines meant that for a doctor or nurse to receive the diploma, they had to be “able to to prescribe all forms of contraception”.

This could include

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