Abortion Act 1967


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Abortion Act 1967

A Parliamentary Act which provides the legal framework for abortions performed in the UK. Most abortions are performed under clause C of the Act; abortions may be performed if “…the pregnancy has not exceeded its 24th week and if the continuance of pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, or injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman.” In practice, most abortions performed in the UK are carried out for social reasons.
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IN response to Paul Botto's letter (Feedback, January 8), the Abortion Act 1967 allows healthcare professionals to refuse to participate in direct involvement in abortion care.
This has now severely restricted the legal protection of conscientious objection, which in Section 4 (1) of the Abortion Act 1967 says: "No person shall be under any duty to participate in any treatment authorised by this Act to which he has a conscientious objection.
The pair went to court to establish that their right to "conscientious objection" under the Abortion Act 1967 included support services and supervision as well as taking part in the actual procedure.
Private member's bills rarely become law although some have brought about significant changes to the law, such as the Murder (Abolition of the Death Penalty) Act 1965 and the Abortion Act 1967.
Abortion only became legal in the UK with the Abortion Act 1967.
However, it is the Government's view that the words 'any treatment for the termination of pregnancy' under Section 1(3) of the Abortion Act 1967 cover both the prescription and the administration of the drugs used in abortion," she said.
The total number of abortions under the Abortion Act 1967 has now exceeded seven million.
A private member's bill brought by Mr Steel led to the Abortion Act 1967, which is still the law governing abortions in England, Scotland and Wales.
In the context of the UK Abortion Act 1967 and other Commonwealth, European, and US legal responses, Mason (emeritus, forensic medicine, U.
The controversial legislation has provisions to allow amendments to the Abortion Act 1967 which critics fear could see it extended to the province for the first time.
Under the Abortion Act 1967, an abortion (surgical or medical) can only be performed in a hospital in an NHS trust, primary care trust or foundation trust or in an approved independent sector place, such as a private clinic.