Abortion limit upheld by MPs

Amendments put forward to reduce the current time limit for abortions from 24 weeks to 22 weeks or even lower have been rejected by MPs after a free vote.

The amendments were put forward to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill by Nadine Dorries MP, who proposed that cutting the limit down to 20-weeks would send out a less causal message about abortion and help to lower abortion rates.

But last night MPs voted to defeat her 20-week proposal by 332 votes to 190. A move to bring in a 22-week limit was also opposed by 304 votes to 233.

Earlier, MPs rejected a cross-party move for doctors to consider the need for a father before allowing IVF treatment by 70 votes.

The ruling will prevent fertility clinics from turning away lesbians and single women because their children will not have a father or male role model.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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