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Abortion

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 5 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What consideration they have given to the compatibility of legislative provisions permitting abortion of disabled babies up to birth with the Human Rights Act 1998 and other provisions dealing with equality and discrimination. [HL590]

The European Court of Human Rights has recognised that it is for member states to determine when life begins for the purposes of the European convention, in the absence of a consensus on the matter. We therefore consider that the Abortion Act 1967, as amended, is not in breach of any laws on equality or prohibiting discrimination.