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Time Limit for Abortion

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To the House of Commons: this petition is supported by some 40,000 people.

The Petition of those concerned about the potential changes to the time limit for abortion declares that 200,000 abortions a year in Britain is far too many.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons support amendments to the Abortion Act which will reduce substantially the 24-week upper time limit, end discriminatory abortion of the disabled up until birth, and provide balanced evidence-based information, independently of the abortion service, that gives women a properly informed choice, along with the offer of counselling; further requests that the House of Commons reject proposed amendments seeking to liberalise the abortion law further, such as ending the requirement for two doctors’ signatures, allowing nurse-led medical abortion in GP surgeries with completion at home, barring pro-life doctors from seeing women with unplanned pregnancies, and extending the Abortion Act to Northern Ireland.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.