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Change to abortion law fails

6th June 2007

A Conservative MP's campaign to bring in obligatory abortion counselling and a compulsory waiting time has been defeated by 182 votes to 107.

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Ann Winterton, MP for Congleton and vice-chairman of the all-party parliamentary pro-life group, said the proposals would make women conscious of potential risks, including psychological problems. She also wanted to see a compulsory "cooling-off" time enforced to allow women to reflect on their decision.

Her Termination of Pregnancy (Counselling and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill is the third abortion-related bill to be out-voted in the Commons in eight months. 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act. Every year, approximately 190,000 abortions a year are carried out in England and Wales.

Mrs Winterton argued that research showed that women could be subject to "psychological ill effects" as a result of having an abortion.

She said that women should not be made to have counselling, but that records needed to be kept to show if they refused it in order to ensure doctors were providing it. She also called for an end to abortions performed "on demand."

Laura Moffat, Labour MP for Crawley, said: "When a women is facing an unwanted pregnancy she will already be under great stress, to create further obstacles for her is completely unethical in my view."

Ann Furedi, chief of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said: "This is a welcome vote, based on medical evidence and good sense in the face of repeated attempts at political point-scoring."


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charles linskaill

Wednesday 13th June 2007 @ 23:38

The thing is, has MP Laura Moffat ever had an abortion?
It's not a case of creating extra stress, it's a case of "ARE YOU REALLY SURE you want this?"
Abortion cant be taken lightly. I know of two 19 year olds who just had abortions, who were determined it was the right thing for them at the time. Now one off them deeply regrets it and is on medication to help her cope with what she did.
Abortion is not clear cut; the after effects are far from
"just medical!"


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