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March 20, 2005

UK: Archbishop of Canterbury has joined the debate on abortion

Topics: International News

- BBCNews UK

The Archbishop of Canterbury has joined the debate on abortion by calling for an urgent review of the current law.

Rowan Williams said scientific progress and the "rising number" of abortions made a debate on the issue essential.

Last week, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, called for abortion to become an election issue.

Dr Williams, writing in the Sunday Times, said he hoped the questioning of candidates could prompt a wider debate.

Tory leader Michael Howard supports a reduction in the legal limit when abortions are allowed from 24 weeks to 20 and has said current rules are "tantamount to abortion on demand".

But Prime Minister Tony Blair has made it clear he has no plans to change the law.

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Posted by Hyscience at March 20, 2005 1:12 PM

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