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Government unnerved by reaction to attempts to further liberalise abortion law, says Alive and Kicking

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Issued on behalf of Alive and Kicking

Press Release

For Immediate Release

10/07/08

Government unnerved by reaction to attempts to further liberalise abortion law, says Alive and Kicking


The Alive and Kicking Alliance has responded to the government decision to halt the debate on the controversial Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill for three months. The remaining stages were due to be discussed in the Commons on Monday, but have now been delayed until the autumn.


A spokesman said, 'The government has clearly been unnerved by reaction to the appalling amendments to further liberalise the abortion law which have been tabled by backbench MPs in the last week. The heavy defeat at Crewe came a day after the unpopular government-led move to block lowering the 24 week upper limit for abortion in May. With British abortion rates spiralling over 200,000 this year they have decided it is wiser to avoid alienating public opinion further in the run up to another worrying by-election in Glasgow East. '



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Alive and Kicking is seeking a substantial reduction of the 24-week upper limit for the abortion of healthy babies; an end to the discriminatory provision allowing abortion of disabled babies up to birth; and an informed consent law requiring doctors to provide comprehensive evidence-based information on the risks associated with abortion and the availability of positives alternatives for those needing help.


Alive and Kicking Alliance includes CARE, Christian Concern for our Nation, Christian Medical Fellowship, CORE, Evangelical Alliance, Guild of Catholic Doctors, Lawyers' Christian Fellowship, LIFE, Maranatha, Prolife Alliance, Real Choice, Student Life Net.



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Telephone: 020 7584 7186

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