Tewkesbury MP calls for abortion time limit cut
MP Laurence Robertson held a meeting with the Prime Minister yesterday to try to enlist his support for reducing the time limit for the carrying out of abortions.
Mr Robertson, a member of the Pro-Life Group in Parliament, said there was a need to reduce the time limit.
“In the most recent year for which figures are available, almost 3,000 babies were aborted after 20 weeks’ gestation,” he said.
“A number of these babies were actually taken from the womb alive, left to struggle for life outside the womb and then left to die. I consider this to be a barbaric practice and I want to put a stop to it.
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“I’m basically anti-abortion in principle, but I am first of all trying to get the abortion time limit reduced in order to prevent babies being aborted in this way. The Prime Minister gave me, and the team I took with me, a sympathetic hearing and said that he would personally be in favour of a ‘modest reduction’ in the time limit, but would not stand in the way of further action.
“Since the 1967 Abortion Act, there have been 6.4 million babies aborted. It’s often said that it is mainly helpless teenage girls who have abortions, but this is not true. Over 29 per cent of abortions are carried out on women over the age of 30. There are also many repeat abortions carried out.”