An extreme amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to introduce abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth (including sex-selective abortion) to England and Wales has been tabled by Diana Johnson MP.
MPs will debate and vote on the amendment (NC55) on Monday 5 July.
This would be the single biggest change to abortion legislation since 1967 and would leave England and Wales with one of the most extreme abortion laws in the world.
This change to law would make the Abortion Act (1967) redundant by removing all legal safeguards (many of which protect women) around abortion provided by the Act.
The proposed law change is radically out of step with the opinions of women on abortion. Polling of over 2,000 British adults from Savanta ComRes on whether time limits for abortion should be increased showed that only 1% of women wanted the time limit to be extended to birth. In contrast, around 70% of women favoured a reduction in time limits from 24 weeks. 91% of women agreed that gender-selective abortion should be explicitly banned by the law. This polling shows that women want more, not fewer, safeguards around abortion.
If you are a medical professional, please take action by putting your name on the open letter below to Diana Johnson MP calling on her to urgently withdraw her amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that aims to introduce abortion on demand, for any reason, up to birth to England and Wales.
Full details on the proposed law change are outlined in the briefing here.