Abortion - statute is not the answer.
One of the problems in the UK is that there is an obsession with using laws to get solutions. This arises in part from the fact that parliament is hobbled from properly holding the executive to account.
There is no doubt that the number of abortions in the UK is high. The question is what the best way of dealing with this is. Yesterday I had a meeting with the pro-life group and I made the point that they should be looking at how we could get the numbers of abortions reduced without trying to use the criminal law.
What should happen is that the Department of Health should look at why women end up having abortions and review what would be a better way forwards. Having a late term abortion is not something that has no effect on the mother and this should also be recognised.
We really do have to ask questions about a society in which a 14 year old child has even one abortion let alone two. Arguing at length about the number of weeks will give no answers to this question. In any event the assessment as to the foetal age is only accurate to +/- 2 weeks.