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Should abortion be legal on request for women up to 24 weeks into a pregnancy?

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A still from a "4D" ultrasound of an 11-week-old foetus moving inside the womb. Image / supplied
A still from a "4D" ultrasound of an 11-week-old foetus moving inside the womb. Image / supplied

A Labour MP has taken the controversial step of proposing a new law to legalise abortion on request for women up to 24 weeks into a pregnancy.

Steve Chadwick, a midwife and former associate health minister, is gauging support for what would be the first changes to abortion law since 1978.

The Abortion Supervisory Committee has repeatedly urged Parliament to review the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act, which states the legal grounds for abortion, but MPs avoid the issue.

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