The Abortion Act of 1967 was a legal evasion in that it allowed abortion on certain conditions including the assent of two registered doctors and if the life of the mother could be proved to be in jeopardy by giving birth, rather than asserting what it should have, namely the right of the mother to her own body and to choose whether to have an abortion or not. By this evasion morality was circumvented in favour of expediency re the above mentioned exemptions.
So abortion has remained a criminal offence punishable by jail and the recent move to decriminalise it is way over due. The fact that the present law has been used by millions of women to have an abortion is beside the point as the fundamental principle of the right of the woman to her own body and what to do with it ie the protection of her individual rights should haven been unequivocally asserted as inalienable, a fundamental principle not be evaded or obfuscated by the weasel fudge of legal loopholes.
For the same reason all drugs should be de criminalised but again a compromised evasive solution has been adopted where those with clinical conditions are allowed access to certain drugs.
The purpose and motive behind both legal positions is clearly the State's deliberate intention to deny the principle of individual rights and replace them with subjective arbitrary rules and conditions totally at the mercy of their favour ie special privileges, not rights.