Relief that government not interested in abortion amendments

Westminster, 24th October 2007 - The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has commented on this morning's statements by the government on abortion law reform.

Dawn Primarolo, health minister, told the House of Commons Science and Technology select committee that the Abortion Act 1967 "doesn't require further amendment at the present time."

Anthony Ozimic, SPUC political secretary, commented: "We are relieved that the government does not seem interested in seeing the Abortion Act amended at this time. Any amendments to the Abortion Act at this time are likely to result in an increase in the numbers of abortions. We call upon parliamentarians to resist calls, from whatever quarter, to table amendments to the Abortion Act and instead to focus upon the many practical ways of reducing the numbers of abortions, in particular by addressing the pressures upon expectant mothers which lead them to consider abortion."