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Why, 50 years after the Abortion Act, it's time to abolish the law altogether


Why, 50 years after the Abortion Act, it's time to abolish the law altogether
The Guardian

The 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act this week has left me reflecting on the 40th and 30th anniversaries. Ten years ago, abortion rights were under near constant attack, a pincer movement by a couple of Conservative MPs and the Daily Mail, advancing elaborate, often rather confusing arguments for the miracle of the foetus. The Daily Mail was so entranced, for a while, by the marvel of gestation that it ran a double-page spread of the ultra-sound scans from a horse. The aim was to make a wedge issue out of the time limit, reduce it from 24 weeks to 21, with a 10âminute rule bill tabled by Tory MP Nadine Dorries suggesting a âcooling off period after the first point of contact with a medical practitioner about a terminationâ.It was plain, it seemed then, that the time limit was of no real consequence â late term abortions were a small proportion of the overall number.

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