Women say no to laws aiding ease of abortion

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  • Most women opposed to bid to ease laws on abortion

    A large majority of women are opposed to bids to ease laws on abortion, a survey has revealed.

    Six out of ten women are against plans to make it easier to get an abortion early in pregnancy by cutting the need of two doctors’ approval to one, while three out of four don’t want plans to allow nurses to perform abortion without doctors present to become a reality.

    The survey, carried out by ComRes on 1,000 adults on behalf of anti-abortion group Life, will put pressure on MP’s ahead of a series of votes on abortion set to be carried out in the autumn.

    More than seven out of ten women say that too-easily available abortion ‘cheapens the value of young life’, while the same number want to see the time limit at which abortion is allowed in Britain halved from 24 to 12 weeks.

    Around one in four UK pregnancies ends in termination, but eight in ten think it is better for women to be persuaded, with counselling and advice, to take other options.

    Labour MP Jim Dobbin, chairman of the all-party parliamentary pro-life group, told the Daily Mail: ‘It is significant that an opinion poll commissioned in the run-up to the 40th anniversary [of the Abortion Act, which made termination legal in 1967] shows that, rather than becoming desensitised, the public are becoming increasingly concerned about abortion and the numbers of abortions, which have risen year on year.’

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