Monday 19 May 2008

20, 22 or 24 weeks

Tomorrow, the UK parliament votes to decide on whether to change the current limit when an abortion can take place, i.e. 24 weeks or reduce it to 22 or 20 weeks.
There is also a vote on whether or not the 1967 Abortion Act is extended to Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland is the only place in the UK where abortion is not allowed, with an estimated 40 women travelling to the UK every week to have an abortion.
I don't believe in the wreckless use of abortion as a method on contraception, I do believe that a woman has the right to decide what happens to her body and has the right to choose.
I also believe that the time limit should remain at 24 weeks.
UPDATE: The much discussed amendment to extend the Abortion Act to Northern Ireland fails to appear, although one English MP has remarked that demands by NI MP's that their English counterparts had no business considering such an amendment is contradictory since NI MP's are happy to vote on reducing the timelimit in England, Scotland and Wales. More here