Consultation on abortion 2014

Consultation opened on 08 October 2014. Closing date 17 January 2015.


The subject matter of this consultation paper is strictly focused on two aspects of the criminal law on abortion.


Consultation description

Firstly, it looks at whether the law should enable abortion in cases where there is a diagnosis in pregnancy that the foetus has a lethal abnormality.  Secondly, it addresses the issue of whether abortion should be available to women who have become pregnant as a result of sexual crime.  It is not a debate on the wider issues of abortion law – issues often labelled as ‘pro-choice’ and ‘pro-life’.

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