“…a person shall not be guilty of an offence when a pregnancy is terminated by a registered medical practitioner if two registered medical practitioners are of the opinion, formed in good faith…”
(Abortion Act 1967)
In legal terms, the Abortion Act 1967 renders lawful the conduct of doctors that would otherwise be unlawful under the 1861 and 1929 Acts.
Under the 1967 Act, the person who performs the abortion must be a doctor. The decision that an abortion is requested on a permitted ground is made by two doctors who must sign the HSA1 form.
The Act contains a conscience clause.