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Call for abortion choice

20th October 2008

A group of medical experts today called for a change in the abortion laws which would enable women to have greater freedom of choice.

In a letter printed in the Times newspaper, 85 medical law and ethics specialists have called for parts of the abortion legislation to be modernised.

The letter calls for the qualifying conditions on abortion that require women to obtain signed permission from two doctors before the procedure can take place, to be scrapped.

The letter said the law was outdated and no longer appropriate.

The academics write that the current restrictions on where abortions are carried out are no longer justified, given medical advances.

The group also suggests that trained nurses should be allowed to carry out abortions. The controversial Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will return to the House of Commons for further debate in the coming weeks.

A cross-party-group of MPs have tabled a series of amendments to the abortion law.

The amendments include allowing abortion-inducing drugs to be taken in the number of doctors needed to approve terminations from two to one. The plans are sure to be vigorously opposed by pro-life MPs.

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