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Abortion Act 1967

Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he will review the workings of the conscience clause of the Abortion Act 1967.

In response to the concern expressed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State about the position of ancillary staff such as porters, hospital managers have been asked to apply the principle of section 4 of the Abortion Act—"the conscience clause" —to any member of this group who expresses a conscientious objection to direct participation in the handling of fetuses and fetal tissue.