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PM Will Not Back Calls For New Abortion Laws

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Prime Minister, David Cameron and Andrew Lansley, Health Secretary will not support changes to abortion laws suggested by anti-abortion groups.

Nadine Dorries, Conservative party member and proposer of the changes, suggests that companies such as Marie Stopes and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) may have financial motives when providing women with counseling before an abortion takes place before adding that counselling from an independent company could prevent around a third of the 200,000 terminations which take place annually.

The proposed changes will be subject to debate within the House of Commons, but a spokesperson for number 10 clarified that the Prime Minister has no plans to back them, adding, “Instead the concern is to ensure that women, in what is an extremely difficult and often traumatic situation, have access to information and counselling that best meets their needs.”

The likely outcome is that parliament will commit to reviewing the issue later in the year.

However, a senior Liberal Democrat confirmed his party’s concerns about the possibility of the Department of Health backing the changes. Dr Evan Harris stated, “Successive governments have always made sure that they take advice of professional expert clinical organisations before they do anything or before they even issue a consultation. I urge them and my Lib Dem colleagues to make sure this remains the case.”

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