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“(2A)    

No treatment for the termination of pregnancy shall be carried out under

 

subsection (1) of this section on the grounds of the gender, race or

 

(should it become identifiable before birth) sexual orientation of the

 

child.”.

 

(2)    

In section 5 of that Act (supplementary provisions) omit subsection (2)(a).’.

 

Amendment of the law relating to abortion: (No. 6)

 

Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas

 

Daniel Kawczynski

 

NC7

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘After section 2 of the Abortion Act 1967 (c.87) insert—

 

“2A    

Informed Consent

 

(1)    

Subsections (2), (3) and (4) of this section shall not apply in the case of a

 

medical emergency under section 1(4) of this Act.

 

(2)    

At an appointment with a registered medical practitioner, on receipt of an

 

initial request for a termination of pregnancy from a pregnant woman, or

 

for initial advice regarding the potential termination of a pregnancy, a

 

registered medical practitioner shall, as soon as reasonably practical, and

 

in any event at least five calendar days prior to a termination of

 

pregnancy taking place (where such a terminatation of pregnancy is

 

applicable), fulfil the following informed consent requirements—

 

(a)    

offer the pregnant woman counselling from a suitably qualified

 

health professional; and

 

(b)    

provide the pregnant woman with the following information:—

 

(i)    

the embryonic and foetal development at two weekly

 

intervals;

 

(ii)    

the physical, psychological and psychiatric risks

 

associated with the termination of pregnancy, including

 

a description of the methods of termination at different

 

stages of pregnancy and any risks associated with such

 

methods; and

 

(iii)    

the contact details of adoption services and other sources

 

of help and advice, (including information on any

 

disability or abnormality that the pregnant woman’s

 

embryo or foetus is at risk of suffering from if born).

 

(3)    

A registered medical practitioner must provide the pregnant woman with

 

a written form, of which he must retain a copy, as soon as is reasonably

 

practicable, certifying the date upon which paragraphs (2)(a) and (2)(b)

 

of this section were complied with, and in the case of a termination of the

 

pregnancy, the form must be completed prior to any such termination.

 

(4)    

Any persons who wilfully contravenes or fails to comply with the

 

requirements of informed consent under subsections (2) or (3) of this

 

section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding

 

level 5 on the standard scale.

 

(5)    

The Secretary of State shall by statutory instrument make regulations to

 

provide for informed consent as specified in subsections (1) to (4) of this

 

section and shall make provisions concerning the procedure, the


 
 

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requirement for date certification by a practitioner or practitioners, the

 

information requirements and any other ancillary matters as are

 

necessary to ensure the fulfilment of the informed consent requirements.

 

(6)    

Any statutory instrument made by virtue of this seciton shall be subject

 

to annulment in pursuance of a resolution by either House of

 

Parliament.”’.

 


 
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