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Crucial battle to defend women’s abortion rights

Issue No. 2079

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


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Tue 27 Nov 2007, 18:48 GMT
Issue No. 2079
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