A bill to reduce the time limit for abortions from the current 24 weeks to 20 weeks is to be proposed by Tory MP Nadine Dorries.
Ms Dorries also calls for a one-week "cooling-off" period following an abortion request to allow sufficient time for counselling.
Announcing her proposal Ms Dorries said: "Many people are not aware that in order for a late abortion to take place for social reasons, foeticide must first take place; this process can take up to two days and involves a lethal injection being administered into the foetal heart via a cannular through the mother's abdominal wall. "When a doctor is sure the foetal heart has stopped, the dead foetus is delivered on day two using forceps. "How can it possibly be right that on one hospital ward we have doctors working to save the life of a baby born at 22 weeks, yet on another a doctor is aborting one of the same gestation?"
There were 186,400 abortions in England and Wales last year, 89% were carried out before the woman was 13 weeks pregnant, with 67% performed at under 10 weeks.
Labour MP Chris McCafferty has called the cooling-off proposal "an attack on women's reproductive rights".
Q. Should the time limit for abortions be reduced from 24 weeks to 20 weeks?
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