The Isle of Man government has backed new legislation to allow looking into changing abortion law.
Members of the House of Keys listened to a motion brought forward by Dr Alex Allinson from the Department of Home Affairs and discussed afterwards for two hours.
He outlined what the current Termination of Pregnancy Act 1995 entails, including the fact that abortion is legal only if it will create grave or permanent injury to the woman, also that termination is performed in such a manner to preserve the right of the child.
He stated that approximately 250 women have travelled to the UK for an abortion every year, and that the Act only serves five or six women.
Allinson also highlighted the fact that those women from a poor background were not supported, often resulting in ordering abortion pills online.
He said, "I see it as an unjust and unfair act. I apologise for the service on this island and the barriers it erects."
The MHK asked permission for a new bill allowing abortion up to 14 weeks and that victims of rape or incest not to have to swear an oath. They also want counselling to be offered.
MHK Chris Robertshaw's motion to have a select committee appointed to look over the legislation was rejected by the House.