Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill
I have been contacted by several constituents recently regarding the Ten Minute Rule Bill - Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations).
The Bill passed its first stage on 13 March but it is very unlikely to become law unless the Government gives it time and takes it forward. The issues raised are extremely important but deserve proper scrutiny by Parliament and will need a much more intensive debate than was possible last week.
I am listening very carefully to the arguments: abortion should rarely, if ever, be a matter for the criminal law as far as a woman is concerned, but equally access to abortion still needs some degree of regulation to prevent practices that society find unacceptable, such as gender selection.
The Bill will now be subject to greater scrutiny, but I doubt if in its present form it will become law. I will keep this page updated with any further progress made.