Debate on abortion is deferred until autumnBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a815 (Published 14 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a815
- Clare Dyer
Controversial pro-choice amendments to the law on abortion in England and Wales, which were due to be debated in parliament on 14 July, have been shelved until the autumn in a last minute scheduling change that surprised MPs.
The amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, put down by a group of cross party pro-choice MPs, are intended to make it easier for women to obtain early terminations. But with just four days to go to the report stage of the bill the government announced on 10 July that the crucial debate would be delayed until after parliament’s summer recess.