Offences Against the Person Act 1861

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:05 pm on 5th June 2018.

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Photo of Justine Greening Justine Greening Conservative, Putney 4:05 pm, 5th June 2018

While we can all be very clear about the way in which the existing laws—long standing as they may be—work today in terms of the ability of women to have choice in our United Kingdom, the backdrop of the criminalisation of abortion is hard for anyone truly to defend in this House as a principle. I want us to have a measured debate. As I am about to finish, let me say that it is important that, over the coming weeks and months, Ministers clearly set out how they plan to respond to the crucial debate for women’s rights that will be taking place in this House.