Page 1, 29th February 1980

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Corrie Bill hacked apart

A severely compromised Abortion (Amendment) Bill will be facing the Commons today for the last of its alloted time in the crucial report stage.

The Bill's sponsors lead by Conservative MP, John Corrie, have stripped the Bill in an attempt to squeeze something through before times runs out.

They have agreed to allow the maximum period of pregnancy when abortion is permissable to become 24 weeks instead of 20. They have also agreed to accept "reasonable amendments" to clause 2 which defines the circumstances which two doctors have to take into account before authorising an abortion. The remaining clauses of the Bill which severed the relationships between the abortion clinics and pregnancy advisory services, has had the chop. Mr Come said this week, that he and the other sponsors had "reluctantly" proposed this action, "because of a need to come to a conclusion".

The main threat to today's passage of the bill is the proviso of "serious" risk to physical or mental health of the mother or other children being "substantially greater than if the pregnancy were terminated". I he Bill's sponsors were optimistic this week that this newlook version of the Bill had a "reasonable chance of becoming law".

• The Association of Lawyers for the Defence of the "Unborn have issued a statement this week, outlining in detail areas in which they believe that the Abortion law is being broken daily.

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