Government restricts abortion debate

The government has moved to pass a programme motion that restricts debate on the amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Bill to modernise the 1967 Abortion Act.

Amendments to allow abortions in Northern Ireland and to remove the need for two doctor's signatures were to be debated in the Commons this week.

Julie Bentley, chief executive of the fpa (formerly The Family Planning Association) said that they were 'extremely dismayed' by the move.

‘We believed the HFE Bill could dramatically improve the outcome for women with unplanned and crisis pregnancies in Northern Ireland. But yet again their needs have been passed over.

‘How much longer will it be acceptable to deny women basic reproductive care on the NHS?'

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