20 reasons to cut the abortion limit

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There are around 200,000 abortions per year in Britain, 600 per day. By law babies can be aborted up to 24 weeks. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill currently in the House of Commons will allow MPs to change this outdated law. We want to cut the limit to 20 weeks or below.
1    Public, parliamentary and medical opinion is changing on late abortion. 63% of MPs, two-thirds of GPs, nearly two-thirds of the public and more than three-quarters of women support a reduction in the 24-week upper age limit.
2    High-profile cases of babies surviving well below 24 weeks, like Manchester’s Millie McDonagh, born at 22 weeks, and the world’s most premature baby, Amillia Taylor, who was born a week younger, both in October 2006.
3    High-resolution 3D ultrasound images, pioneered by Professor Stuart Campbell, have shown babies in amazing detail ‘walking’, yawning, stretching and sucking their thumbs in the w

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