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bpas comment re: emergency debate on abortion law reform

MPs across the House of Commons have tonight supported an emergency debate application from Stella Creasy MP regarding the decriminalisation of abortion across the UK. This debate will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 5th June.

Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, bpas, said:

"Tonight MPs across the political divide – including front bench Conservative Ministers – stood up to support calls for the decriminalisation of abortion across the UK.

"The government’s current position that this is a devolved issue on which Westminster should not act is untenable.  This is not about imposing an abortion law on Northern Ireland. This is about amending a 150 year-old piece of legislation that was passed in Westminster that threatens all women in the UK, from Belfast to Brighton, with up to life imprisonment for ending a pregnancy at any gestation without the legal approval of doctors. By repealing or reforming sections 58 and 59 of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act to decriminalise abortion up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, as recommended by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), every country in the UK would be able to create an abortion framework fit for the needs of women in the twenty-first century. 

"We thank every single MP who stood up for the women of the UK this evening."