bpas is delighted to see this bill pass to second reading. Decriminalising abortion would not mean deregulating abortion or result in an increase in so-called backstreet abortions – rather it would mean doctors could provide care for women in accordance with the highest clinical standards and not laws passed 50 years ago. It would also ensure no woman could be prosecuted for ending her own pregnancy in the first 24 weeks. Arguments by those opposed to decriminalisation that it would make vulnerable women less safe are baseless: women in difficult circumstances are not protected or supported by laws that criminalise them and it is simply nonsensical to suggest they are. If we do not think any woman should face prison for making her own decision about her own pregnancy, then we can no longer accept laws that say they should. We look forward to the progression of this bill and thank all those MPs who have supported it so far.