Jeremy Hunt, New Health Secretary, Voted To Reduce Abortion Time Limit And Supports Homeopathy

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Jeremy Hunt, the new Health Secretary, has come under fire for voting to reduce the abortion time limit and signing a letter in support of homeopathy | ITN

Jeremy Hunt, the new Health Secretary, has come under fire for voting to reduce the abortion time limit and signing a letter in support of homeopathy.

In 2008 the-then MP for South West Surrey voted for the abortion time limit to be reduced to 12 weeks from 24, according to data from Publicwhip.

Labour shadow health secretary Diane Abbott told The Huffington Post UK that Jeremy Hunt’s "record on women’s right to choose is really concerning".

She said a key test of the new health secretary would be if the government dropped plans to "allow anti-choice organisations to give counselling to women."

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Separately, Hunt signed a parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM) in 2007 welcoming "the positive contribution made to the health of the nation by the NHS homeopathic hospitals."

The EDM said complimentary medicine could help treat chronic conditions including chronic difficult to treat conditions such as musculoskeletal and other chronic pain, eczema, depression, anxiety and insomnia, allergy, chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndrome.

Reacting to the news of his appointment, Labour MP Angela Smith tweeted: "Worrying that Hunt sent to Health given that he's anti abortion and anti stem cell research."

There are also concerns about Culture Secretary and equalities minister Maria Miller's views on abortion and gay adoption.

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