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Report: British opposition legislators plan new call to tighten abortion laws

Report: British opposition legislators plan new call to tighten abortion laws

Britain's main opposition leader said he would back calls to tighten laws on abortion if lawmakers force a vote on the issue, according to a newspaper report Monday.
Conservative Party chief David Cameron said he is in favor of changing laws which allow a fetus to be aborted up to 24 weeks after conception _ a limit introduced in Britain in 1990, the Daily Mail reported.
"I would like to see a reduction in the current limit, as it is clear that, due to medical advancement, many babies are surviving at 24 weeks," Cameron was quoted as saying.
Cameron said he would support a reduction to 20 weeks if lawmakers win a vote on the issue during current debates over laws on embryo research and assisted reproduction, the paper reported.
Legislators are likely to propose an amendment to the laws, which would allow them to debate current abortion regulations and hold a new vote for the first time since 1990.
Political parties traditionally allow lawmakers to vote on abortion according to their own beliefs, rather than setting down a party line.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown's office said Monday that doctors and medical organizations have made no demand for a change to current practices.
"He has always made clear that he thinks we should be guided by the best medical advice on this," Brown's spokesman Michael Ellam said. "At the moment, the key organizations in the medical profession are not pressing for a review in this area."


Updated : 2021-07-29 21:08 GMT+08:00