CALM thrilled by abortion bill support

A group which has campaigned for the Island's abortion laws to be updated says it's thrilled a bill to make changes gained support in the House of Keys.

Ramsey MHK Alex Allinson was given leave to introduce a private members bill amending the current abortion laws, which prohibit many women having a termination carried out on Island.

The Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation Isle of Man praised the resounding support from MHKs, with just three voting against the move.

CALM also described the support as a win for democracy, adding that it's tremendously grateful for the role played by MHKs.

Dr Allinson has indicated he believes women on the Island should have the same access to abortions as those in the UK.

The bill with have to undergo several readings in the House and be approved by the Legislative Council before it can be submitted for royal assent.