Abortion change debate postponed to autumn

The debate on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, which proposed changes to the Abortion Act of 1967, has been delayed until the autumn.

The debate was originally scheduled to have taken place last week but has now been put back until after the summer recess.

Leader of the House of Commons MP Harriet Harman (Labour, Camberwell and Peckham) said that the bill had been delayed to allow more time for debate.

A number of amendments to the Abortion Act have been tabled including plans to carry out early medical abortions (EMAs) in GP practices and polyclinics.

The need for two doctor’s signatures could be scrapped and EMAs may be allowed to take place at home under the proposals.

Nurses could be handed powers to carry out abortions by next year.


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