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'Buff' Form

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In 1980 the Department of Health and Social Security (DHSS) decided to change the form that doctors filled out when a woman came in to have an abortion. The section given for the reasons why the abortion was taking place was changed: they removed space for non-medical reasons. Several doctors refused to fill in the form or filled it out incorrectly, and so went to court as they had technically performed abortions illegally. However the case was dropped and they were not charged.

The campaign became known as the 'Buff' form campaign, due to the colour of the form in question: HSA4. NAC worked alongside ALRA, Co-ord, and DFWCA to help drop the charges against the doctors, and to change the form. The documents include: publications, leaflets, minutes and reports on a meeting with the Health Minister, correspondence and press cuttings.



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