UK: The 50th Anniversary of the Abortion Act

The 50th Anniversary of the Abortion Act
by David Paintin
First published: 19 October 2017
DOI: 10.1111/1471-0528.14919 View/save citation

The 1967 change in the law on abortion (therapeutic termination of pregnancy before viability, TOP) was driven both by the medical establishment and the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA). The doctors wanted confirmation that it was lawful for them to terminate a pregnancy that threatened the life of the woman or would result in grave injury to her health, and ALRA wanted a law that made safe termination by doctors so accessible that dangerous back-street TOPs would be eliminated. A new ‘Abortion Act’ would have to meet the aims of both.

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