United Kingdom: Abortion Law

 

The abortion act of 1967 allows for abortions until 24 weeks of pregnancy.

After 24 weeks, exceptions are made when the health of the woman or fetus is at risk.

The act states -

Subject to the provisions of this section, a person shall not be guilty of an offence under the law relating to abortion when a pregnancy is terminated by a registered medical practitioner if two registered medical practitioners are of the opinion, formed in good faith—

  • (a)that the pregnancy has not exceeded its twenty-fourth week and that the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman or any existing children of her family; or
  • (b)that the termination is necessary to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman; or
  • (c)that the continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the pregnant woman, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated; or
  • (d)that there is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped.] (LINK)

Additional resources:

The UN country report

IPPF-Abortion Legislation in Europe 2009