Offences Against the Person Act 1861

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:23 pm on 5th June 2018.

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Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry Conservative, Broxtowe 4:23 pm, 5th June 2018

I am proud to say that for as long as I can remember—probably since after it was first passed—I have been a proud supporter of the 1967 Act. I remember in the ’70s and ’80s marching many a mile in defence of the ’67 Act, and my views have not changed. The reason why I came to the conclusion that it was one of the greatest pieces of legislation ever passed in this place has already been identified by Tracy Brabin and my hon. Friend Dr Wollaston. It is simply this: I recognise that, for myriad reasons, a woman or a young woman may find herself with an unwanted pregnancy, and I believe that she has a right to choose what happens next. I gently say to my hon. Friend Fiona Bruce that I do not seek to impose my views on anybody. I seek to offer a choice. That is the distinction. I say to DUP Members, with respect, that they impose their views on not just women, but their extended families.