Review Of Abortion Law

Jersey's 25 year old abortion law is set to be updated.

The Health Minister wants to revise the legislation,-  something other countries around the world are also doing.

Islanders are being asked for their feedback in the form of an online survey, which asks about the situations in which terminations should be allowed.

Deputy Karen Wilson says she is  committed to conducting a thorough review to find out if Jersey's legislation reflects societal values, meets the needs of women and takes account of changes in medical practice.

The consultation is open until the end of October at www.gov.je/terminationofpregnancy.

There will also be conversations with previous and potential service users and health and care professionals to understand the views and experiences of people who have terminated a pregnancy.

“Termination of pregnancy is a highly emotive and complex issue but, regardless of individual perspectives, it is imperative that compassionate and high-quality care and support is available. We also need to make sure that we have a clear and fit-for-purpose legal framework that takes account of changes in medical practice.

“In considering the changes that may be required, I am committed to considering all feedback received.”

 

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