I believe in the woman's right to choose an abortion. Forcing women to have children they do not want is a decidedly bad idea for a number of reasons.
We all want to see a reduction in the number of abortions (and unwanted or irresponsible pregnancies generally) but this shouldn't be at the expense of the safety and security of women.
Holland in particular has shown that this reduction can be done without restricting access to abortion.
Any reduction in the limit will just victimise those 154 women who have 24 week abortions, usually the most vulnerable women. Already a number of women go abroad to have abortions after this limit (if they can afford it).
Abortion is already unduly stigmatised and restricted in this country (in the US, ironically it is on demand). In the UK a third of abortions are done privately to avoid the rigmorole of the NHS and sometimes the difficulty in finding two doctors who are not anti-choice bigots.
As for medical concerns, this is a smokescreen used by the anti-choice agenda of those driving this, religion once again raising its illogical arguments. Here are some facts.
It is far more dangerous to have a baby than to have an abortion.
Post stress disorder in abortion is rare and anyhow it is largely found in those who have been subjected to religious pressures to keep the baby and stigmatised as a result. It is thus the anti-choice people who are to blame. Women are far more likely to suffer depression from having the baby (especially if it was one they didn't want).
The religious talk of the 'rights' of the foetus (most abortions are a bundle of cells no bigger than your thumb). But what about the poor quality of life they are condemning these children to? Children with parents who didn't want them. It is not likely they will be good parents. They don't care about their fate.
They call themselves pro-life (as if opponents are in someway anti-life), but their real agenda is the control of women's lives based on some skewed idea of morals (usually influenced by religion).
The next time some anti-choice person (who has no problem with the statistical certainty of innocent people (note: people not foetuses) dying as a result of reintroducing the death penalty or chimpanzees dying in animal experimentation or even the suffering and death of animals in blood sports), then kindly point out to them what inconsistent idiots they are.