Green Party members have voted at their autumn conference to support a motion to decriminalise abortion.
The motion stated:
‘The Green party believes that no woman should face imprisonment for ending a pregnancy. A Green government would ensure that abortion be removed from the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act and instead governed by the same robust regulatory and ethical frameworks as all other medical procedures. As abortion is a devolved issue in Scotland and Northern Ireland, it is intended that this policy would apply to England and Wales.'
A bpas spokesperson commented:
"One in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime, and the majority of the public support a woman’s right to choose - yet we have one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe. Our legal framework has not caught up with the medical and societal developments since our Abortion Act was passed in 1967, and it is appalling that women still risk up to life imprisonment for ending a pregnancy.
"For far too long those opposed to abortion have been allowed to dominate the debate. We are delighted to see the Green Party leading the way and reaffirming their support for a woman’s right to choose by voting to decriminalise abortion."