Pro-lifers have called on the Isle of Man to avoid the “dark road” of British-style abortion on demand.

The appeal was made as the island’s parliament prepared to liberalise its abortion laws.

The Humanity and Equality in Abortion Reform (HEAR) group said there were numerous flaws in the proposed plan.

The change, it said, would allow abortion on demand for any reason up to 14 weeks, including formally legalising sex-selective abortion.

The group also said the bill would informally allow for abortion on demand up to 24 weeks through vague “health” and “social” grounds, thus enabling sex-selective abortions up to the third trimester.

The bill would also allow abortion for disability up to birth, thus worsening disability discrimination, the group said.

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