A new fight to defend abortion rights has begun.
The Human Tissue and Embryology Bill has started its passage through parliament, and although abortion law is not a part of the bill, amendments will try to change abortion law.
The bill will return to the House of Lords on 3 December – the first point at which amendments can be tabled.
Anti-abortionists are likely to target the time limit for abortion, which is currently 24 weeks.
Lowering time limits would mean forcing some women to continue with a pregnancy they do not want.
But amendments are also expected to try and improve the existing legislation, for example by removing the requirement for two doctors’ signatures for a woman to have an abortion and allowing nurses to perform abortion in the first 13 weeks of pregnancy.
We have an opportunity to improve the law – but only a limited time in which to do it.
Abortion Rights, the national pro-choice campaign, will be organising meetings and lobbies to coincide with votes on the bill.
For more information visit » www.abortionrights.org.uk