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The Bill's discussion in Parliament did not permit time to debate whether it should extend abortion rights under the Abortion Act 1967
The Abortion Act 1967 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom legalising abortions by registered practitioners, and regulating the free provision of such medical practices through the National Health Service ....
to also cover Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is one of the four countries of the United Kingdom. Situated in the north-east of the island of Ireland, it shares a border with the Republic of Ireland to the south and west...
. The 2008 Act does not alter the status quo.
The Act also repealed and replaced the Human Reproductive Cloning Act 2001
The Human Reproductive Cloning Act 2001 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom "to prohibit the placing in a woman of a human embryo which has been created otherwise than by fertilisation"...
- Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act at the Wellcome Trust
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