MSP calls for regular review of abortion time limit
John Mason MSP has raised a parliamentary motion urging regular review of the abortion time limit.
Acknowledging that abortion “remains a very contentious issue” Mr Mason outlines that the fundamental question in the abortion debate is “whether human life starts at the point of conception or at some later point”.
Mr Mason rightly points out that medical science is advancing to such a degree that babies born early are surviving at a younger and younger age. With this in mind, Mr Mason suggests that the current time limit of 24 weeks needs to be regularly reviewed.
This view is certainly in keeping with the recent ComRes poll which revealed that 60% of people in the UK, including 70% of women, want to see the abortion time limit of 24 weeks reduced.
The full text of Mr Mason’s motion is included, below. You can also access it on the Scottish Parliament website via this link.
Motion S5M-08447: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/10/2017
Abortion Act, 50 Years On
‘That the Parliament notes that October 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act 1967; accepts that abortion remains a very contentious issue and that it has now been devolved; acknowledges that some want the law further liberalised, while others want no abortions at all; considers that whether human life starts at the point of conception or at some later point is the key issue in this debate and hence whether consideration is being given to the rights of one person or two; believes that medical science is constantly advancing so that babies born early are surviving at a younger and younger age, and considers that, in the light of such medical advances, the time limit of 24 weeks needs to be regularly reviewed.’