Nadine Dorries MP
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Nadine Dorries MP: 'No return to backstreet abortions'

MPs have voted against controversial proposals to change the law on counselling for women who are considering an abortion.

The Conservative MP Nadine Dorries had sought to prevent organisations like the British Pregnancy Advisory Service from offering counselling but her proposals were defeated by 368 votes to 118.

She told the Commons that women must have access to what she called "independent" help, including whether to keep the child, or allow adoption adding that clinics had a vested interest in carrying out abortions.

Ms Dorries insisted that she did not want to see a return to the era of backstreet abortionists.

  • 07 Sep 2011
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