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Abortion



Grounds for Abortion

Grounds for an abortion under the (United Kingdom) 1967 Abortion Act as amended under section 37 of the Human and Embryology Act 1990.

NB: Although there was an upper time limit of 24 weeks brought in by the 1990 amendment, this only applies to Grounds C and D.  All other Grounds are without time limit which means that these abortions can be carried out up to birth.

A The continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the pregnant woman greater than if the pregnancy were terminated;
B The termination is necessary to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman;
C The continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman;
D The continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the physical or mental health of any existing child(ren) of the family of the pregnant woman;
E There is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped
  Or in an emergency
F To save the life of the pregnant woman; or
G To prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman.

There are approximately 180,000 abortions carried out each year in the UK.  This works out to about 3,500 each week or 500 each day.  The majority (about 99%) of abortions carried out come under Ground C - the mental health of the mother.  The remaining abortions are basically carried out for Ground E - risk of handicap to the child.  Some abortions are given more than one Ground but essentially we have abortion on demand in this country, with some people wanting to see even easier access to abortion.

Abortion does not solve any problems - it only creates more.

Between 1968 and 2002 about 6,000,000 children have been killed by abortion in the UK.



Please visit our Healing page if you have had an abortion or supported someone who has.


If you have had an abortion and would like to contact us, in confidence,
please Grace at United for Life.


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