Commons backs Hull MP's bid to modernise law regulating abortion

Hull North MP Diana Johnson today launched her Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill that aims to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales.
Under Victorian criminal laws dating back to 1861 before women had the right to vote abortion remains illegal in England and Wales. A woman who has an abortion and anyone who helps her to have an abortion, unless it falls within the specific conditions of The Abortion Act 1967, currently face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment - the harshest such penalty in Europe.