Abortion Act of 1967

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The Abortion Act of 1967 is the British law governing abortion in that nation. It requires physicians to certify the condition of the pregnancy before authorizing an abortion, but:[1]

doctors routinely signed off on abortions for women they never met. 'We used to pre-sign forms, we used to sign forms after the operation, we used to ask the anesthetists to do it.'

It was introduced as a private member's bill by the Liberal MP David Steel to legalize abortion in Britain. The act was passed into law in October, 1967. The act made abortion legal up to 28 weeks gestation. Margaret Thatcher was among the MPs who voted in favour of the act.[2]


  1. https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2012/03/24/British-doctors-pre-sign-abortion-forms/UPI-21501332629104/#ixzz1q5XehANo
  2. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1988thatcher.asp