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Abortion time limit in Guernsey to double following vote

25 June 2020
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The law on abortion in Guernsey is set to become considerably more extreme after State Members voted for significant changes.

The changes to the 1997 law mean the time limit will double to 24 weeks and there will be abortion to birth for ‘significant’ foetal abnormalities.

Only one doctor will need to sign off an abortion and it will become legal to abort a baby outside of a medical setting.

These changes will now be drafted into a final law before returning to the States for final approval.

Further details

  • Nurses and midwives will be allowed to perform abortions
  • Women can have abortions at home rather than exclusively at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital
Downs syndrome
The changes to the law allow abortion to birth for foetal abnormalities, which in Britain have included conditions such as Down's syndrome

CARE’s View

This is a really sad outcome. It’s sad because the new changes further undermine the value of life and send a message that ending the life of unborn babies should be easier. Some of the details of this new law are similar to the awful regulations now in place in Northern Ireland.

There is a better way than this. At CARE, we believe that every life is precious and of value, and we want to support and help women who experience a crisis pregnancy. Rather than making abortion easier, the focus should be on fully informing women so they know all the options that are available to them.

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We believe that every life is precious and of value and we want to support and help women who experience a crisis pregnancy.
We believe there is a better way than abortion – a way that truly supports women in unplanned pregnancies, defends those who are vulnerable and have no voice, and is life-giving to preborn babies. For the last 40 years, we have strived to tell that story and uphold the value of life in our society.

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