LONDON, Oct 27 (LSN) – The results of a Gallup Poll commissioned by the London Telegraph were released yesterday revealing that almost 70% of women believe abortion is too widely available in England. The study, which was undertaken to mark the 30th anniversary of the Abortion Act which legalized the killing of children in the womb, sent shock waves through the pro-abortion movement.

According to the poll of 1,416 men and women aged 16 and over, more than half of those surveyed, and 59 per cent of women, want the limit for legal abortions to drop from 24 weeks to 10 weeks. Sixty-eight per cent of women and 57 per cent of men believe abortion should be allowed only ‘‘in particular circumstances.’‘

Cardinal Basil Hume, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England, challenged Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair to work to convince his party and the nation that abortion is wrong. The Cardinal issued the challenge as he joined a Life Chain in London. Blair dismissed the Cardinal’s request, saying through a spokesman that the Government had no plans to change the legal limit for abortion. The Prime Minister was accused of ‘‘hypocrisy’’ last year, for claiming to be personally opposed to abortion but never voting against it in the Commons. In the past 30 years there have been around five million legal abortions in Britain.