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Eleanor is walking 50K for Abortion Rights Uk!

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Abortion Rights statement on fundraising platform Go Fund Me banning abortion.



“Abortion Rights is outraged that US-based crowdfunding platform has added “abortion related” content to their list of banned topics. It appears, however, that Go Fund Me have not fully banned “abortion related” campaigns, as anti-choice fundraising campaigns remained live on the site.



Scotland, abortion rights, and speaking up



The STUC Women’s Committee and Conferences have been at the forefront of campaigning for women’s reproductive health rights. From the very earliest days, trade union women have argued for public funding for maternal and child health clinics, and for access to safe and legal abortion services that do not place women’s lives at risk. In 1979 it was the TUC that led the biggest demonstration ever on the streets of London, against the Corrie Bill, which sought to restrict access to abortion.


Abortion Rights statement on prison sentence issued to woman in Pennsylvania, US



"Abortion Rights UK is appalled by the prison sentence issued to a woman in Pennsylvania, USA for obtaining abortifacient drugs for her daughter. 


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Abortion in The Media

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On Friday Abortion Rights hosted a special screening of the new US film Obvious Child dubbed the 'abortion rom com' at the Genesis Cinema in east London. We were joined by the Writers and Director as well as the lead actress Jenny Slate who answered questions about getting funding for the film, why they made directorial and acting choices and about the reaction they received at showings across America. We were also joined by film graduate and NUS Women's Officer, Susuana Antubam to talk about how film and culture affect women in society.


Email Your MEP

Spanish Justice Minister Ruiz-Gallardón has stated that the bill that would effectively recriminalise abortion in Spain will be before parliament this summer. You can email your Member of European Parliament here to show your opposition (remember to include your address/postcode!). We’ve drafted text you may wish to us:




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Summary of changes to Ireland’s abortion law


The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill was passed by the Oireachtas on 11th July 2013, and on 30th July the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Ireland’s Prime Minister, signed the Bill into law.



Northern Ireland: Progress at last

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A family planning charity's legal challenge has forced the Department of Health in Stormont to promise to issue draft guidelines on abortion, after years of stonewalling and delays.

The 1967 Abortion Act does not cover Northern Ireland, where abortion is governed by an Act from 1861, and is illegal in most circumstances. As FPA pointed out in a statement, "there are no good practice guidelines to enable clinicians and women to interpret the law."

The FPA had to take the Northern Irish Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) to court to extract a promise to issue draft guidelines - a process which took 11 years. The new guidelines will be published on March 7.

Outside the High Court in Belfast, Audrey Simpson, acting CEO of FPA, said: "The action now promised by the department is something that should have happened many years ago.

"It's essential that the guidance should contain clear pathways for referrals for women and directions for aftercare services which is essentially what these proceedings were all about."

Abortion Rights welcomes the DHSSPS's announcement that it will publish draft guidelines, as they are urgently needed to clarify the legal situation. We regret however that it took a legal challenge lasting more than a decade to bring the DHSSPS to this point.

Two steps forward, one step back

Following the good news on draft abortion guidelines, the pro-choice movement in Northern Ireland suffered a setback the very next day, when two MLAs announced they would seek an amendment to Northern Irish law to make it illegal for non-NHS providers to offer terminations in the province.

As the Irish Times reported, "If the amendment is carried and if there is no successful legal challenge to this move, it could have consequences for the operations of the [Marie] Stopes clinic in Belfast. It opened in October as the first private clinic to provide legal abortion on the island of Ireland."

Sinn Féin has said it will oppose the amendment. South Down MLA Caitríona Ruane said seeking to prevent abortion outside the NHS was “clearly an attempt to restrict the right of a woman to obtain a termination in life-threatening circumstances”.

The amendment will be voted on next Tuesday (March 5).

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