Abortion Time Limits

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:59 am on 19th July 2005.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Older People, Non-Departmental & Cross Departmental Responsibilities 10:59 am, 19th July 2005

It is almost impossible to separate this debate from the comments made by Baroness Warnock about decisions that we make when women give birth 24 weeks into the pregnancy. There is now an opportunity to keep such a child alive, although it may lead to problems in later life. Surely one cannot separate the debate about late abortions from the ethical debate about when babies should be kept alive. Should medics try to do that with all babies—that is my inclination—or do we need further guidance for people making those decisions?