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02 / 05 / 2008 - Architect of Britain`s Abortion Act wants change of law to allow abortion on demand
The law may be changed to allow abortion on-demand by ending the requirement for doctors to give permission for a abortion, it has been disclosed.
The change is being backed by David Steel, the architect of Britain’s abortion laws, which has led to the killing of nearly 7 million unborn babies. He is now calling for a even more liberal abortion regime.
That requirement is likely to become the subject of a Commons vote next month when MPs debate the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, which could be used to amend the 1967 Abortion Act, including its extension to Northern Ireland.
David Steel was speaking as he outlined his opposition to attempts by pro-life MPs to use the embryology Bill to reduce the legal time limit on abortion from 24 weeks.
Liberal Democrat MP, Evan Harris, who is leading the pro-abortion campaign in the Commons, said such an amendment was “not ruled out”.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists last year said the legal requirement for two doctor's signatures in the first three months of pregnancy should be scrapped.
The British Medical Association also wants abortion-on-demand.
MPs on all sides expect heated clashes next month in the Commons, which has not voted on abortion time limits for nearly 20 years.