On abortion, we trust women

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May 19, 2016
by Ann Furedi  
Posted in Commentary

"Until recently, who knew that abortion was still illegal in Britain? It's prohibited by the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, which stipulates that any woman who induces her own miscarriage can be sentenced to life in prison. This applies from the moment a fertilised egg implants in her womb to the moment she gives birth. The 1967 Abortion Act, often described as the law that 'legalised abortion,' did nothing of the sort. Rather, it created exemptions to prosecution -- but only when the procedure was carried out by a doctor (not a nurse or midwife), in a specially licensed clinic or hospital, and then only if two doctors certified that the woman's reasons met certain conditions, and (except in exceptional circumstances) the pregnancy was under 24 weeks gestation. Any abortions that take place without this authorisation are illegal." (05/19/16)


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