No. Legal rights are granted at birth, when the mother and the baby are clearly separated and protecting the rights of the baby would not limit the rights of the woman.
No, but all patients must give their informed consent. Doctors are likely to encourage young people to involve their parents but the young person does not have to if the doctor believes they fully understand the implications of their decision. Doctors must keep information about patients, including under-16s, confidential, unless disclosure is to protect the... Read More
No. In a few cases men have taken their partner to court to try to prevent her having an abortion. All their cases have failed. Judges have stressed that a man does not have the right either to stop his partner having an abortion or force her to have one.
Although abortion is legal there is no law which requires the NHS to provide abortions. Where sufficient NHS services are not available many women can only get abortions if they pay for them. The Department of Health encourages Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and the relevant medical authorities to improve both the speed and quality of... Read More
Women in Britain do not have a right to abortion on request. However, most people believe that they can get an abortion just by asking for one. Even if a woman has been raped she is not automatically entitled to an abortion. She has to convince two doctors that continuing with the pregnancy would have... Read More
One in five of all pregnancies ends in abortion.
76 per cent of the UK population are pro-choice
Mike Leigh’s film about a backstreet abortionist provides a much-needed antidote to ‘pro-life’ propaganda Polly Toynbee Friday January 07 2005 The Guardian Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake opens today, evoking 1950s Britain in its every period detail, down to the last tin of Vim. But what starts in a warm glow of nostalgia for less materialist... Read More
Abortion Rights is a pro-choice organisation campaigning to ensure that all women in the UK have access to safe, legal, free abortion on request. Our new publication, Abortion: the facts, explores the issue in depth, looking at the history of abortion law, clarifying the current situation, explaining methods of abortion and examining the global picture.... Read More
Abortion Rights is the national pro-choice campaign. We are campaigning to defend and extend women’s rights and access to safe, legal abortion. We oppose any attack on the 1967 Abortion Act including any attempt to lower the abortion time limit. 40 years after the introduction of safe, legal abortion in Britain women’s rights should be advanced... Read More