Today also marks another important anniversary, albeit a most sad and shameful one. Today is the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act being passed in Parliament. The Act didn't come into effect until 27th April 1968.
In May 2008, there was a further parliamentary debate on the issue over whether the limit for legal abortions should be reduced from 24 to either 22 or 20 weeks. MPs failed to make any changes, so the law stands as amended in 1990.
Thankfully the Abortion Act was not extend to Northern Ireland. The situation is the same as it was in England before the introduction of the Abortion Act 1967. A recent publicity campaign reckoned this failure to extend the abortion laws to Northern Ireland has saved 100,000 lives.