More nurses and midwives should be trained to offer women abortions, according to the head of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). Professor Lesley Regan wants to liberalise abortion law to make it even easier for women to access abortion. This is the second time in recent weeks that the professor has sparked controversy over the issue. Last month, she caused outrage by saying that abortion should be treated no differently to minor procedures, such as removing a bunion. Nurses and midwives can already hand out pills to cause an abortion but they must have the signed consent of two doctors. Professor Regan wants to change the law so that only one doctor’s signature is required and train more health professionals to carry them out. In an interview with The Guardian, she claimed women are facing “big barriers” while seeking an abortion. She said the current law causes “unnecessary delays in women’s access to abortion services”.