Abortion | March 2018

I have received numerous letters regarding abortion.
Abortion is a sensitive issue and one which the Government treats with the utmost rigour. In 2016, there were 190,406 abortions carried out in England and Wales, which was slightly lower than in 2015 (191,014). Induced abortion is a crime in the UK. However, there are a range of exceptions which are laid out in statute and/or common law.
Currently, a legally induced abortion must be certified by two registered medical practitioners as justified under one of several medical grounds.
The Abortion Act 1967, as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, permits termination of a pregnancy by a registered medical practitioner subject to certain conditions. Legal requirements apply to the certification and notification of abortion procedures. Within the terms of the Abortion Act, only a registered practitioner can terminate a pregnancy.
Decriminalising abortion is likely to lead to a number of issues such as the deregulation and increase in unsafe abortion, and the use of abortion as a contraception and form of family planning. Furthermore, decriminalising adoption would reduce the number of adoptable babies, at a time where the number of families wanting to adopt is increasing.
March 2018

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