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I believe that too many women have abortions for reasons which are not just enough for the killing of a human being Abortion has been seen as a controversial issue for hundreds of years As more people discuss it new dimensions are added to the argument and this may be why laws vary from country to country and have changed so many times Abortion in England and Wales was first made illegal in the 19th century Before then English Common Law had allowed abortion provided it was carried out before the woman felt the foetus move At this time if the abortion law was broken there were no fixed penalties and the woman having the abortion was not necessarily held responsible In 1803 the law changed and abortion became a criminal offence from the time of conception with penalties of up to life imprisonment for both the pregnant woman and the abortionist In 1929 The Infant Life Preservation Act amended the previous law so that abortion was no longer a felony under certain circumstances The new law made it illegal to kill a child capable of being born live 28 weeks was the age set at which a foetus was assumed to be able to survive In 1967 The Abortion Act was passed it permitted the termination of pregnancies subject to certain conditions Regulations under the act meant that abortions must be performed by a registered practitioner in a National Health Service hospital or a clinic approved by the Department of Health The last law to be passed was called The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 It introduced a time limit of 24 weeks for the termination of a pregnancy as opposed to the previous limit of 28 weeks The act also confirmed that when a woman had a multiple pregnancy it was legal for a doctor to terminate the life of one or more foetuses leaving others
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