Responding to the news that ‘abortion rights’ has topped the priorities ballot at this year’s Labour Women’s Conference, Chair of the Abortion Rights campaign Kerry Abel said:
‘We are delighted that so many Labour Party branches across the country see the importance of abortion in women’s lives. There has been a significant resurgence in interest in proper access and funding for safe legal abortion for all.
‘The Repeal campaign in Ireland in May highlighted to many people that those in Northern Ireland are still criminalised by a law that was enacted when Queen Victoria was on the throne.
‘We look forward to further discussion that puts women-centred healthcare and education at its heart. And we’ll work with all those who want to extend and defend the right to choose.’
Notes to Desk:
Media contact for comment and interviews: Kerry Abel, National Chair, Abortion Rights (07979 535242)
- Abortion Rights is holding a Public Meeting ‘Why We Need to Decriminalise Abortion’, 10th October, Portcullis House, Anyone who wishes to attend the pro-choice event can find more information on our Facebook page or website
- Abortion Rights is the national pro-choice campaign, working to defend and extend abortion rights and provide a pro-choice voice to the media. We are supported by the TUC, National Union of Students amongst other prominent union groups
- Since 1967 the Abortion Act has enabled women to access abortions in England, Wales and Scotland. One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime.
- Use these stats for pro-choice majority http://www.natcen.ac.uk/blog/british-attitudes-to-abortion
- Dr Pam Lowe’s research shows that a majority of clinic users considered anti-abortion actions outside clinics to be intrusive and emotionally onerous. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org. The research report is at http://www.aston.ac.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=256682
- Abortion is illegal in almost all circumstances in Northern Ireland. Punishment is up to life in prison in Northern Ireland. There is no exception for rape or fatal foetal abnormality in the jurisdiction.
- Women In Northern Ireland bear the burden of the barriers imposed by the State when they seek to access abortion services.
- All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Population, Development and Reproductive Health recommended that coalitions must be built to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland recommendation number 3, Who Decides? We Trust Women: Abortion in the developing world and the UK, March 2018: http://www.appg-popdevrh.org.uk/APPG%202018%20AW.PDF
- Abortion Rights take the lead from Northern Irish campaigning groups such as Alliance for Choice and seeks to highlight this, and support lobbing governments in Westminster, Dublin and Stormont to change the law and support women’s rights.
- In February 2018, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), published a report that states the UK is complicit in violating women’s human rights: UK violates women’s rights in Northern Ireland by unduly restricting access to abortion – UN experts http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22693&LangID=E