Podcast: The politics of abortion

When does a fetus become a baby?
When does a fetus become a baby?

By Charles Maggs

Nadine Dorries has been trying to reform the law regarding abortions ever since she was first elected in 2005.

Parliament voted against lowering the limit at which a pregnancy can be terminated as recently as 2008. But Dorries is trying once again to have it reduced, this time to 20 weeks. Just before she flew off to the jungle Charles Maggs caught up with her to find out why she is attempting to again reform the law, and if she will be successful. 

Shadow minister for public health Diane Abbot also spells out why she opposes any change to the current legislation, believing that curbing a woman's right to choose would be morally and politically wrong for its advocates. 


 

This podcast also features interviews with Julie Elliot MP, Antony Ozimic of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children and Abigail Fitzgibbon of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). 

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