The Committee for Health & Social Care has published its proposals to modernise the Abortion (Guernsey) Law, 1997.
The proposals follow a review of scientific evidence and consultation with medical professionals, who overwhelmingly supported change. The full policy letter is available in the downloads section of this page.
If approved, the recommended changes will ensure that:
- Access to abortion is more equitable;
- The Law reflects modern practice; and
- The Law is futureproofed.
We'd like to hear from you:
A public engagement event was due to take place in March, to enable members of the community to hear more about the proposals and ask questions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the expert speaker, Professor Dame Lesley Regan, was unable to travel to the island.
As an alternative, ahead of the Policy Letter's debate, HSC encouraged all islanders with views on the proposals, or those who wished to ask questions, to get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to The Committee for Health & Social Care, Duchess of Kent House, Le Vauquiedor, St Andrew, GY6 8TW.
Islanders were also invited to email States Members. The deadline for responses was Friday 12 June 2020, a summary document detailing the responses received can be downloaded on this page.