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Hunt 'in favour of 12-week abortion limit'

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The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said he is in favour of the legal time limit at which a woman can have an abortion being reduced from 24 weeks to 12.

Daniel Kawczynski, Conservative MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, told Today presenter John Humphrys that: "The Health Secretary coming out in favour of re-igniting this debate will galvanise the caucus that exists in parliament cross-party on this issue and there will be many of us who will never stop campaigning to reduce the limit.

"For as long as I'm a member of parliament I will never give up this fight."

But Professor Wendy Savage, a gynaecologist and campaigner on women's rights, said she was stunned by the minister's comments. "I was speechless when you rang me this morning to say that Jeremy Hunt had come out with his personal view that the abortion time limit should be dropped to 12 weeks," she told the programme.

"It does not bode well that he's the Secretary of State for Health. What we really should be doing is decriminalising abortion, making it like any other operation."


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