Former Shadow Health Minister calls to get rid of 'Victorian' abortion laws containing criminal sanctions

Abortion should be decriminalised up to 24 weeks to prevent vulnerable women from being handed life sentences for seeking terminations, an MP has claimed.

Former shadow health minister Diana Johnson wants to get rid of “Victorian” abortion laws which contain criminal sanctions for both women and doctors if they do not meet certain requirements.

Rape survivors or domestic abuse victims might end up facing lengthy prison sentences for buying illegal abortion pills online because they were too afraid to seek help from a clinic, she warned.

Under current laws, it is illegal for a woman to have an abortion after 24 weeks

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