Pro-choice MPs will make bid to increase access to abortion

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 17 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2159
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    MPs will renew their attempt to use the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill to try to change Britain’s abortion laws when the bill goes back to the House of Commons for its report stage on 22 October.

    A bid by pro-life MPs to bring the upper time limit for most abortions below 24 weeks failed during the bill’s earlier stages and will not be revived. But a series of pro-choice amendments with all-party support are expected to be debated and voted on.

    These include a proposal by Evan Harris, a Liberal Democrat MP and doctor, to remove the need for the …

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