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Abortion: MPs propose decriminalisation in England and Wales

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 09 April 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q831
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

A cross party group of MPs has set out new proposals to modernise abortion law in England and Wales.

Proposed amendments to current legislation would decriminalise abortion up to 24 weeks and introduce a “lock” to ensure that any future legislation and guidance protects the right to abortion, as has been the case in Northern Ireland since legislative changes in 2019.

The changes are being …

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