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Labour allows ‘free vote’ on abortion time limit

Issue No. 2091

Attacks on abortion rights are set to continue as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill heads back to the House of Commons.

The bill, which deals with fertility treatment, is expected to have amendments put to it that would restrict access to abortion.

Last month Tory leader David Cameron revealed that he would like to see the legal time limit for abortion cut from 24 weeks. Any cut in the time limit would force the most vulnerable women to either continue with unwanted pregnancies or risk unsafe, illegal abortion.

Gordon Brown says he will allow a free vote on any amendments relating to abortion – rather than ensuring his MPs vote according to Labour’s policy, which is to defend a woman’s right to choose.

Activists across the country have set up Abortion Rights groups. Last week saw the successful launch meeting of the Bristol pro-choice campaign.

“We discussed why a woman’s right to choose is under attack, and how we can defend it,” said Sarah Creagh, who helped organise the meeting.

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Tue 4 Mar 2008, 19:06 GMT
Issue No. 2091
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