On 7 September, MPs overwhelmingly voted against an amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill which would prevent abortion clinics providing counselling to women using their services, instead requiring all women having an abortion to be offered independent advice. Arguments against the amendment included what could and should be considered independent and also the fact that doctors were already required to ensure that counselling was arranged for women who needed it.

Health Minister, Anne Milton did, however, say that the Government wants to consult regarding the proposals put forward in the amendment, particularly to determine what would qualify as “independent advice”. We will report further on the consultation process once it is opened.