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It has long been debated in the media on the ethics of if abortion should be legal, and if so, at what gestations it should be allowed to continue.
Under the current system abortions are allowed upto 24 weeks gestation. BUT due to improvements in neonatal care in the last decade it is not unusual for babies born at 24 weeks (and occasionally 23 weeks) to survive. Figures from BMJ in 1999 quote survival for 24 weeks as upto 21% and this has continued to improve since.
In todays news the new Health Minister Mr Hunt is quoted as having said that he would "favour a change in the law to 12 weeks". This change would make it very difficult for parents to opt for an abortion for babies found to antenatally have Downs syndrome and would limit abortion for other problems found at the detailed anaomaly scan which happens at around 20 weeks.
Mr Cameron has previously said that he would favour a change to 20 weeks but the government have stated they have no current plans to revise the law.
Do you feel the current limit is appropriate? If not then what would you change it to and why