Abortion Act

Abortion Act

1967

The Abortion Act is introduced by Liberal MP David Steel and is passed on a free vote, becoming law on April 27 1968. This new act makes abortion legal up to 28 weeks if carried out by a registered physician and if two other doctors agree that the termination is in the best mental and physical interests of the woman. In 1990, the time limit is lowered to 24 weeks. The act does not extend to Northern Ireland.