ASSEMBLY members yesterday clashed over abortion, with a Tory frontbencher likening it to murder.
Conservative AM David Davies said he did not understand why the law distinguished between "killings" inside and outside the womb.
But the chair of the Assembly's health committee, Kirsty Williams, criticised Mr Davies's "emotional" comments.
Mr Davies (Monmouth) said: "I have never understood the argument that says while it is a serious criminal offence to kill a child while it is outside its mother's womb, the state is prepared to condone the killing of a child which lies within the womb.
"It is a tragedy that thousands of lives are deliberately terminated in this fashion each year. It is particularly sad for the mothers involved and for the medical staff who have to carry through these unpleasant procedures."
He was speaking as AMs were asked to approve technical changes to abortion laws in the light of the Human Rights Act.