Essay: Abortion in the modern world – the current realities

In Britain, as in most countries, intentional abortion was illegal from the medieval period. The Offences against the Person ActContinue Reading

In Britain, as in most countries, intentional abortion was illegal from the medieval period. The Offences against the Person Act 1861 made abortion a felony with a maximum sentence of penal servitude for life. The Infant Life (Preservation) Act of 1929 made it an offence to ‘destroy the life of a child capable of being born alive’. The Act made a gestational age of 28 weeks the point at which there was prima facie proof that this stage had been reached.  The only exception allowed under the 1929 Act was an abortion carried out in good faith to preserve the life of the mother…

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