Offences Against the Person Act 1861

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:31 pm on 5th June 2018.

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Photo of Peter Bottomley Peter Bottomley Conservative, Worthing West 5:31 pm, 5th June 2018

My right hon. Friend will have heard me say that if a deliberate abortion is going to take place, the sooner it takes place the better. It is better that people do not face those circumstances, but when they do, the earlier the better. That is clearly right. The civil law will need to replace the criminal law.

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