Spotlight on: Where do we draw the line?
Numerous attempts have been made to change the rules on abortion since it was legalised 40 years ago. Jonathan Gornall examines current arguments for reform
The 40th anniversary in October this year of the passing of the UK Abortion Act is certain to be marked by attempts to reopen the debate about lowering the upper limit for legal terminations. The anti-choice campaigners, quick to point out the uncomfortable resonance of the tally of six million “deaths” since 1967,1 have already given notice of their optimistic ambition to halve the number of abortions, while in the House of Commons a Conservative MP is promoting a bill that would help them hit their more realistic target of lowering the upper limit from 24 weeks.
The pro-choice lobby has also come out fighting, denying the charge that abortion in the UK is, to all intents and purposes, available on demand-but suggesting that it ought to be. In an Ipsos MORI poll carried out in November for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, the UK's leading independent provider of abortions,