Abortion

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 18th July 2022.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to include within the Bill of Rights Bill provision for women across the UK to have access to safe abortion.

Photo of Lord Bellamy Lord Bellamy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The position on abortion is settled in UK law and it is rightfully decided by Parliament. It is an issue of conscience, and the Government has no current plans to introduce this issue into the Bill of Rights. We should be mindful of finding ourselves in the US position, where the issue is litigated through the courts, rather than settled as it is here by Parliament. Health Services across the UK are responsible for providing access to safe and legal abortion within the framework of the law.

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