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Women to be included in abortion changes

STRONG WORDS: Diane speaks out against Government plans

LABOUR MP Diane Abbott has attacked Government proposals banning charities like Marie Stopes from counselling women who have had abortions without consulting them.

The shadow public health minister said it was important for those affected by the amendments to be included in the discussion and made a call for a full parliamentary vote.

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries and Labour MP Frank Field have proposed that counselling should be provided by private or independent organisations that do not provide abortions.

The MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington said: “It is wrong for the Government to go about these sweeping changes without a proper debate and proper scrutiny in Parliament.

“I think the way the Government is going about this, behind closed doors and without discussion with women and in parliament, is showing arrogant disregard for millions of women and families across the country.”

Abbott added: “If the Government wants to change this, the public must be given a say, and Parliament must be given a vote.”

The Department of Health is yet to confirm if the changes will go ahead.

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