I was reluctant to report on this in case it confused students doing GCSE Religious Studies, but I think I can keep this simple enough.
In class we learn about the 1967 Abortion Act:
This law basically says that abortion is illegal unless it meets the specific criteria.
Well what we sometimes skip on mentioning in class (sorry guys but time is of the essence) is that another law can affect women’s rights to have an abortion. The Offences Against the Person Act 1861 makes it an offence, with the punishment a possible life sentence, if you terminate your own pregnancy. This sentence would also go to a doctor who helped you terminate your own pregnancy. A group of MPs have today won the right to introduce a bill to Parliament to change this law because they say that in today’s age when women can buy abortion pills online and get them delivered in the post they should be able to terminate their own pregnancies in the comfort and privacy of their own homes.
Numerous news outlets are reporting the story, such as the Catholic Herald, and this all comes less than a week since Tory peer Lord Shinkwin failed in his efforts at making all abortions illegal in the UK.