Abortion Time Limits

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 12:13 pm on 19th July 2005.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) 12:13 pm, 19th July 2005

I have had 15 minutes out of the full time, so I will carry on.

When it comes to conscientious objection, the Abortion Act provides that, except where treatment is necessary to save the life of or prevent grave permanent injury to the pregnant woman,

"no person shall be under any duty, whether by contract or by any statutory or other legal requirement, to participate in any treatment authorised by this Act to which he has a conscientious objection".

Finally, I turn to the points made by Philip Davies and my hon. Friend Lynda Waltho. We have seen progress on the teenage pregnancy strategy. If we consider the dates between 1998 and 2003, under-18 conceptions have fallen by 9.8 per cent. and under-16 rates by 9.9 per cent. In some areas, those figures are higher. We must consider why some services are achieving better outcomes than services in other parts of London or the country. It is not about more sex education; it is about making sure that we have the right sex and relationship education.