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Jeremy Hunt attacked from all sides after abortion comments

Tories stress that government has no plans to review current 24-week time limit after health secretary’s remarks

The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has come under heavy criticism after the comments he made backing a reduction in the legal time limit for abortion from 24 to 12 weeks overshadowed plans for a Tory fightback at this week’s party conference in Birmingham.

Hunt was attacked by politicians of all parties, including Conservatives who were dismayed at his timing. Health experts and women’s rights campaigners were also angered, saying he had thoughtlessly resurrected a highly sensitive debate that none of the main parties wants to reopen.

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