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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Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood told health boards the drug misoprostol could be taken by women away from hospitals, using powers available under the Abortion Act 1967.
Ministers are utilising an existing power available within the Abortion Act 1967.
The Abortion Act 1967 permits termination of a pregnancy by a registered medical practitioner subject to certain conditions, for instance the pregnancy has not exceeded 24 weeks.
The Abortion Act 1967 permits termination of a pregnancy by a medical practitioner subject to certain conditions, for instance the pregnancy must not have exceeded 24 weeks.
F John Smith Grangetown, Cardiff This undermines 'rights' arguments FIFTY years ago MPs approved the Second Reading of the Abortion Act 1967 on the basis of lies, with a massive House of Commons vote of 233 for and 29 against.
On February 24 we talked preliminarily about the 292 to 201 defeat of an amendment to Section 5 of the Serious Crime Bill which read, "Nothing in section 1 of the Abortion Act 1967 is to be interpreted as allowing a pregnancy to be terminated on the grounds of the sex of the unborn child.
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.
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.
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.
Secretary of State for Health 2007 Government Response to the Report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on the Scientific Developments Relating to the Abortion Act 1967 London, Crown Copyright Available from: www.