Cigna is to give female health practitioners a final say over whether they want to terminate a pregnancy, it has been announced.
The move comes ahead of the start of the Women’s Health Month celebrations which start on Friday and runs through to November 14.
The organisation, which has a global network of around 20,000 practitioners, has said it will give women a final choice on the matter.
“As we get closer to the end of this month we want to show that we are here to help you decide what is best for you, your family and your career,” Cigni said in a statement.
“We know that women want to have the best possible outcome, so we want our doctors and nurses to know how to help them make this decision.”
Cigna has always been committed to empowering women and our team will continue to support and encourage women’s choice.
“In the past, Cigno’s doctors have indicated that a termination of pregnancy was a final decision for women.”
This is an important milestone in our work with our female health specialists, who help patients and staff through the difficult process of ending a pregnancy,” said a spokesperson for Cignora.”
With this announcement we are ensuring that women are fully informed of their options and their right to make this important decision.
Cigno said it would continue to work with its partner clinics and partners to improve their processes, to give patients and healthcare workers more accurate information, and to provide support for women in the process.
A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood UK said it was “disappointed” that Cignoa had made the decision to take women’s reproductive health more seriously.
“It is disappointing that Cinna will have a final vote on whether or not a woman wants to end her pregnancy,” she said.
“Planned Parenthood UK would like to encourage Cinnas staff to work closely with their partners and other partners in the community to ensure that women’s health is respected and that women have the freedom to make their own decisions about their reproductive health.”
The organisation is working to increase access to abortion services for women and families across the UK.
“A spokesperson from the Women and Equalities Committee said it welcomed the announcement and said the committee would work with Cignas staff and partners.”
There is no place for doctors or nurses to dictate to women who want to make a final determination about the best course of action for their bodies and their future,” said chair Caroline Spelman.”
A woman’s right to choose should always be respected, regardless of her medical conditions or the circumstances of her pregnancy.