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By Ellie Lee

Women's wishes are positioned on the centre of this assortment. The individuals talk about the level to which the modern criminal framework on abortion suits the desires of girls confronted with undesirable being pregnant. The publication includes sections on Britain, together with an account of the crusade to legalize abortion, written by way of these centrally concerned with that crusade; foreign comparisons of abortion legislation, with chapters on France, the us, eire and Poland; and chapters masking modern debates, together with men's rights in abortion and abortion for foetal abnormality.

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Well it's like this, if you don't want children, don't play with the fire and then you don't get burnt. So what do you think's wrong with abortions? Well, it's taking a life, innit? So there's something different between taking a pill and having an abortion? Well, if you take a pill, you could take a pill and that pill Before the 1967 Abortion Act: South Wales 37 could work straight away and you could, well they'd only just be a little seed there wouldn't there? Well, if you have abortions, I mean that baby's formed.

It was a first and successful step in abortion law reform. NOTES 1. A. Macfarlane and M. Mugford, Birth Counts: Statistics of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Tables), London, HMSO, 1984. 2. Ibid. 3. 2, 1963, 93-8. 4. B. D. thesis, University of London, 1976, cited in M. Potts and J. Peel, Abortion, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1977. A Medical View of Abortion in the 1960s 19 5. Macfarlane and Mugford, Birth Counts. 6. The Registrar General's Statistical Review of England and Wales for the year 1970, Supplement on Abortion, London, HMSO, 1972.

And to consider what steps can be taken.. '6 There was provision in the law for therapeutic abortions, but they were rarely performed, in part because the law was ambiguous and in part because many doctors were opposed to abortion on 'moral' grounds. The law simply stated that unlawful abortions were to be prosecuted, thus presupposing the existence of lawful abortions. It did not specifically set out the medical criteria to be used to justify lawful termination of pregnancy. There was a great deal of debate in the inter-war years about the conditions necessary to justify abortion, whether serious danger to the health of the mother constituted sufficient grounds for abortion where this fell short of being life-threatening, and whether the law should be changed to make the grounds for abortion clear or whether medical autonomy in such matters should be preserved.

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