Arguments for lowering the upper time limit for abortion are flawed, says Lord Steel

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:983
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz,

David Steel, whose private member’s bill led to the legalisation of abortion in England, Scotland, and Wales in 1967, this week defended women’s right to request an abortion up to the current time limit of 24 weeks’ gestation.

Speaking ahead of the second reading of the Human Tissue and Embryo Bill in the House of Commons later this month, Lord Steel said that the arguments of many people who are campaigning for a reduced time limit for abortion were flawed. The bill is expected to be open to amendments from backbench MPs to alter the current limit on abortion.

“A lot of the people who are pressing for a reduction in the time limit are doing it …

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