Motion S5M-08447: Abortion Act

27 Oct 2017

That the Parliament notes that October 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act 1967; accepts that abortion remains a very contentious issue and that it has now been devolved; acknowledges that some want the law further liberalised, while others want no abortions at all; considers that whether human life starts at the point of conception or at some later point is the key issue in this debate and hence whether consideration is being given to the rights of one person or two; believes that medical science is constantly advancing so that babies born early are surviving at a younger and younger age, and considers that, in the light of such medical advances, the time limit of 24 weeks needs to be regularly reviewed.