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Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage

Vote from 11/07/2013

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In page 17, to delete lines 33 to 39, and in page 18, to delete lines 1 and 2 and substitute the following:
“Offences
(1) It shall be an offence—
(a) to intentionally or recklessly end a pregnancy without the consent of the pregnant woman,

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In page 17, to delete lines 33 to 39, and in page 18, to delete lines 1 and 2 and substitute the following:
“Offences
(1) It shall be an offence—
(a) to intentionally or recklessly end a pregnancy without the consent of the pregnant woman,
(b) for a person other than an appropriately qualified practitioner to perform a surgical medical procedure for the purposes of ending a pregnancy.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1) of this section—
(a) no pregnant woman, or third party facilitating or assisting her, shall be held criminally liable for procuring or carrying out a medical procedure that leads to the ending of a pregnancy, and
(b) no appropriately qualified practitioner shall be held criminally liable for carrying out a medical procedure that leads to the ending of a pregnancy.
(3) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable under indict- ment to a fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 14 years, or both.
(4) A prosecution for an offence under this section may be brought only by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.".
-(Deputy Joan Collins).

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