Sunday, October 7, 2012

Hunt Backs 12-Week Abortion Limit

Hunt Backs 12-Week Abortion Limit, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he wants to halve the time limit for women to have abortions in the UK. Jeremy Hunt Backs 12-Week Abortion Limit, New Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he supports a reduction in the time limit for women to have abortions from 24 to 12 weeks. Speaking to The Times, he said he had reached his view based on evidence, not his religious belief. He said: "I'm not someone who thinks that abortion should be made illegal. "Everyone looks at the evidence and comes to a view about when that moment is, and my own view is that 12 weeks is the right point for it." Mr Hunt supported lowering the abortion limit to 12 weeks in a free vote in Parliament in 2008.

"I don't think the reason I have that view is for religious reasons ... there are some issues that cut across health and morality, a bit like capital punishment does for crime," he said. "There are all sorts of arguments in favour and against in terms of deterrence and justice, but also there is a fundamental moral issue that sits behind it. I think abortion is one of those issues." Prime Minister David Cameron said Mr Hunt was entitled to his opinion but confirmed the Government had no plans to change the time limit for terminations from 24 weeks. This was echoed by Home Secretary Theresa May, who told Sky News: "Jeremy has made clear that this is his personal view.


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