Many constituents have contacted me recently regarding abortion and pregnancy termination. This is an extremely emotive issue, where individuals have strongly held beliefs.

First and foremost, I believe it is important to remain respectful to all beliefs. This is why I read each email I receive from constituents and I am sure to note down their views and consider all points made.

As a man, it is important that I do not speak on behalf of those who are pregnant, but instead echo the concerns raised about body autonomy and choice.

Due to recent events, many constituents have contacted me about at home abortion options. As you may know, an amendment was tabled to the Health and Care Act 2022 that telemedical abortion services in England were made permanent, with cross-party support.

More widely, I believe that access to a safe, legal abortion should be available throughout the UK and that we must protect and safeguard that right. As we see women’s abortion rights stripped away in other parts of the world, I believe the Government must make it very clear that our rights in this country are not under threat, as I know many people will be extremely worried about this.

I consider any new legislation once it is presented formally and do not commit just on speculation of reform – it is important to see exactly what is being proposed and consider the intended and unintended impact it has before making any decisions.

Everyone should have access to safe and timely healthcare and I will continue to pass relevant comments onto the Shadow Health team where necessary.

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