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Minister launches consultation on Termination of Pregnancy Law

20 July 2023

The Minister for Health and Social Services, Deputy Karen Wilson, has announced a full review of the Island's Termination of Pregnancy (Jersey) Law 1997. The review of the law will begin with a public consultation, which aims to gather the views and perspectives of Islanders on the current law and its provisions. 

The current law has remained largely unchanged for over 25 years. Other countries have revised their legislation over time and taken steps to ensure women are better supported where termination of pregnancy is being considered. 

As outlined in the Minister’s Ministerial Plan, Deputy Wilson is committed to conducting a thorough review to find out if Jersey's legislation reflects societal values, meets the needs of women and takes account of changes in medical practice. 

The consultation seeks input from all Islanders, regardless of gender and personal perspectives. Islanders are encouraged to participate by completing the online survey available at A paper copy is available on request. The consultation will be open until the end of October. 

In addition to the online consultation, there will be direct engagement with previous and potential service users, and health and care professionals. This engagement will support better understanding of the views and experiences of people with direct experience of termination of pregnancy and those involved in providing care and support services.

Deputy Wilson said: “Termination of pregnancy is a highly emotive and complex issue but, regardless of individual perspectives, it is imperative that compassionate and high-quality care and support is available. We also need to make sure that we have a clear and fit-for-purpose legal framework that takes account of changes in medical practice. 

“In considering the changes that may be required, I am committed to considering all feedback received.” 

For further information and to take part in the consultation, please visit

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