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Jeremy Hunt, the newly appointed Health Secretary, has come under huge fire for stating that he is in favour of cutting the limit of abortion to 12 weeks, opposing the existing law which has a 24-week limit.

Defending his belief, Hunt argues that "it is just my view about that incredibly difficult question about the moment that we should deem life to start."

This is not the first time Hunt has attempted to impede on a woman’s right to choose, with his last attempt in Parliament in 2008 defeated.

Maria Miller, Culture Secretary, and minister for women, has stated that she would like a 20-week limit, horrifying campaigners. This is not the first time Miller has come under huge controversy; despite her role claiming to be for equality, she has voted against abortion providers providing counselling for women with unwanted pregnancies.

Critics have argued that there is no medical evidence to support a reduction in the abortion time limit and this would rush women into making decisions that they may later come to regret. Shadow Home secretary, Yvette Cooper, who represents Labour on women’s issue, has described Hunt’s remarks as ‘chilling’. She argues that "Hunt’s statement on abortion is deeply worrying and shows the Health Secretary has given no serious consideration to women's health. Everyone has personal views but as Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has a responsibility to lead government policy on women's health."

Feminist groups have been unsurprisingly perturbed by Hunt’s record on abortion rights, with campaigners emerging in their droves for protests arguing that it is an unconscious form of female objectification. Darinka Aleksic, campaign director at Abortion Rights, has argued that Britain is witness to ‘an alarming change in the climate under this government’.

For many female students in the UK, this news is bound to become an issue. Although abortion for many women is a last resort, it is the availability to have it at 24 weeks gives them enough to decide if they are financially and emotionally secure.

It is utterly typical of the Tory government to interfere in matters that should be decided by the woman alone. Open critics have pointed to the fact that the Cabinet has become homogenised: all male, white, and Oxbridge educated, showing Cameron’s struggle to modernise the Conservative party and how out of touch he is with the common man, with one critic arguing that "it's more of the same from an out-of-touch and failing government that stands up for the wrong people."

With many backbenchers welcoming the reform, including Nadine Dorries, who has been campaigning for abortion reforms, and Mark Pritchard, the vice chairman of a parliamentary pro-life group, let’s hope that this intrusive measure will not be implemented into society.




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