Tory hopefuls favour lower abortion limit

Almost nine in ten Conservative candidates for the next election support a reduction in the upper time limit for abortion, a new survey claims.

The ConservativeHome website has published a survey suggesting that 86 per cent of Tory hopefuls support a lower time limit.

A series of attempts to cut the limit were defeated in May when MPs voted on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.

Pro-life MPs are reportedly planning another attempt to ban abortions after 20 weeks by introducing a private member’s Bill in 2010.

A recent poll of the public showed that seven in ten UK women want to see the abortion time limit cut. The same number of 24-35 year olds also support a reduction.

A spokesman for the Alive and Kicking pro-life group, Julia Millington, said: “There have been almost seven million abortions in Britain since 1967; now 200,000 a year and 600 per day. But the tide of public opinion against late abortions has turned.”

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