Offenses Against Person Act Criminalizes Abortion in Britain

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The "Offenses Against the Person Act" receives Royal Assent. This act consolidates many different provisions relating to offenses against persons into a single piece of legislation — including a ban on the use of drugs or instruments for the purpose of causing an abortion.

According to Article 58:

"Every Woman, being with Child, who, with Intent to procure her own Miscarriage, shall unlawfully administer to herself any Poison or other noxious Thing, or shall unlawfully use any Instrument or other Means whatsoever with the like Intent, and whosoever, with Intent to procure the Miscarriage of any Woman, whether she be or be not with Child, shall unlawfully administer to her or cause to be taken by her any Poison or other noxious Thing, or shall unlawfully use any Instrument or other Means whatsoever with the like Intent, shall be guilty of Felony, and being convicted thereof shall be liable, at the Discretion of the Court, to be kept in Penal Servitude for Life or for any Term not less than Three Years, or to be imprisoned for any Term not exceeding Two Years, with or without Hard Labour, and with or without Solitary Confinement."

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Offences Against the Person Act 1861 s.47

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