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The Abortion Act 1967 sets out the circumstances in which termination of pregnancy is lawful. The object and effect of the 1967 Act was to carve out from the common law, and from the Offences against the Person Act, a zone in which the termination of pregnancy would be lawful under a defined set of circumstances. These circumstances, and the preconditions for a lawful abortion, are set out in s 1. The termination procedure was brought within the NHS and certain authorised clinics in the private and voluntary sectors. Continue reading »