Fifty years on, the Abortion Act should be celebrated – and updated
It was – and still is – landmark legislation for women. But some aspects are not fit for purpose in the 21st century
Friday 27 October 2017
Today is the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, a groundbreaking piece of legislation that allowed doctors in Great Britain to perform abortions lawfully so long as certain conditions were met. Doctors were given the responsibility of deciding if a woman met the conditions laid down by the act. The act has achieved its objective of eliminating deaths from illegal abortion and this fact – and the relief of millions of women who faced an unwanted pregnancy – should be celebrated.