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British government rejects calls to reduce abortion time limit

[JURIST] The British government has rejected calls to reduce the legal time limit for abortions, despite a new poll that shows women want changes to make it more difficult to obtain an later in a pregnancy. The Observer reported Sunday that according to a survey, 47 percent of British women feel the legal limit for an abortion should be reduced from the current 24 weeks [EFC backgrounder]. Last year, the UK's opposition Conservative Party [party website] pressed British Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website] to reassess the abortion and reduce the legal time limit to 20 weeks [BBC report], but no changes were made. UK Health Minister Patricia Hewitt [official profile] says she is against a change in the law, highlighting that women wishing to seek abortions late in their pregnancies should receive "good counseling and advice." AAP has more.

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