Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill (HL Bill 51)




Make provision for disability equality and for the provision of balanced
information in respect of abortions.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Disability equality in respect of abortions

(1) The Abortion Act 1967 is amended as follows.

(2) In section 1(1)(d), before the first “that” insert “that the pregnancy has not
exceeded its twenty-fourth week and”.

(3) 5In section 1, after subsection (2) insert—

(2A) Before a termination is proceeded with under section 1(1)(d)—

(a) the parents of that child must be given full and accurate
information regarding all options following a prenatal
diagnosis of disability, including the keeping of that child, and

(b) 10this information must include information from disability
family support groups and organisations led and controlled by
disabled persons.”

(4) Omit section 5(2)(a).

(5) In section 5(2)(b)—

(a) 15omit “other”, and

(b) for “applies” substitute “apply”.

2 Extent, commencement and short title

(1) This Act extends to England and Wales only.

(2) This Act comes into force at the end of the period of two months beginning
20with the day on which this Act is passed.

(3) This Act may be cited as the Abortion (Disability Equality) Act 2017.