David Cameron will not support backbench efforts to strip abortion providers of their role in counselling women considering a termination, it has emerged.
The Prime Minister is said to be “personally sympathetic” to calls by Conservative MP Nadine Dorries for more advice for women in that position.
But he opposes her attempt to prevent organisations like Marie Stopes and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service being allowed to offer support.
Ms Dorries, backed by Labour MP Frank Field, is hoping to secure a Commons vote on the issue next week when MPs consider the Health and Social Care Bill.
She has tabled an amendment which she says is designed to prevent organisations with a financial interest in performing terminations from providing advice to women.
Downing Street sources said Mr Cameron would not be supporting the amendment if it was called by Commons speaker John Bercow.
The prime minister might vote against it but is more likely to abstain. His backbenchers will have a free vote.