Abortion Rights Blog

The national pro-choice campaign

Abortion counselling consultation: Abortion Rights responds


“We welcome the news that the government has decided not to proceed any further with plans to change abortion counselling requirements.

From the start we have been clear that the proposals were misguided, unnecessary and not in the best interests of women’s health.

We hope that ministers will now focus on issues that can improve abortion services and reduce rates of unintended pregnancy, such as increasing access to contraception, reducing delays and taking action to halt the intimidation of women by protesters outside clinics.

Pro-choice supporters campaigned vigorously against changes to abortion counselling last year – more than 7,000 of them contacted their MPs to express their opposition. They can be proud that they have made their voices heard and forced the government to think again.

Politicians should be on notice that the UK’s pro-choice majority will not accept any further restriction on our right to choose, whether it’s through counselling, reducing the abortion time limit or any other measure.”