Make abortion law stricter, say women

Seven in ten women think the abortion time limit should be decreased given survival rates of babies born before 24 weeks, a new poll shows.

60 per cent of the general public, and 70 per cent of 25-34 year-olds, agree.

Unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority of women – 92 per cent – want those considering abortion to have a statutory legal right to be warned of the mental and physical health risks associated with abortion before going ahead.

The poll was conducted by polling company ComRes on behalf of The Christian Institute.

The results come as MPs prepare to consider the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in a Committee of the Whole House next week. Attempts to change the abortion law for better or worse are expected.

Commenting on the figures, Colin Hart, Director of The Christian Institute, said: “Women want a lower abortion limit, and MPs should think carefully before ignoring their views on this sensitive issue.

“When told of actual survival rates of babies born before 24 weeks people back a lower abortion limit. Three in four women also want a limit of 20 weeks or lower to be more in line with other EU countries.”

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