There has been a recent parliamentary vote on whether women wanting an abortion should have to receive independant counselling before the abortion is carried out. Critics of abortion clinics say the counselling currently offered is biased because they are run as businesses - this claim is denied by the clinics.
A human foetus at 24 weeks gestation - abortions can be carried out up to this date in the UK.
Last year, 202,400 were carried out in the U. K.
Abortion is a highly contentious issue with many Pro-Life groups, including the Catholic Church, considering the killing of an unborn baby to be the same as killing any other person. They see it as murder.
MPs however, rejected the call to offer women independent counselling by 368 votes to 118 so tha law remains unchanged.
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