By Farah Reza (first published in the New Humanist, September 2004 edition) As a number of backbenchers prepare to table Private Member’s Bills on abortion in the coming term, activists demanding more stringent controls are now targeting women Labour MPs with hate mail. But far from pressing for a tighter law, argues Farah Reza, we... Read More
“Vera Drake” – Mike Leigh’s film about abortion in the 1950s – will open The Times London Film Festival on October 20th.
15-17 October, London. The European Social Forum (ESF) is an international forum for debate and a cultural festival to create a better world. ESF will open with a large event on Thursday 14 October followed by three days of discussion and debate involving well known speakers from around the world, as well as music, drama,... Read More
Three years ago, on January 22, 2001, his first day in office, George W Bush re-imposed Ronald Reagan’s Global Gag Rule’ on women worldwide. This policy restricts organisations that receive USAID funds for family planning programmes from using their own, non-US funds to provide legal abortion services, lobby their own governments for abortion law reform,... Read More
The first references to abortion in English law appeared in the 13th Century. The law followed Church teaching that abortion was acceptable until ‘quickening’, which, it was believed, was when the soul entered the fetus. The legal situation remained like this for centuries.
The current law on abortion is based on: Abortion Act (1967) Section 37 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (1990) Abortion is allowed up to 24 weeks on condition that continuing with the pregnancy involves a greater risk to: the physical or mental health of the woman, or the physical or mental health of... Read More
(Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for links to abortion providers and sources of support and information) Pregnancy testing If you think you may be pregnant, it is important to find out as soon as possible. The earlier you know, the more options you have. Pregnancy tests are available from: –... Read More
Abortion Rights is a campaigning organisation formed by the merger of the National Abortion Campaign (NAC) and the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA). Both these organisations have a long history in campaigning for law reform and the provision of easily accessible, woman friendly, NHS funded abortion services. NAC and ALRA came together at end of... Read More
Almost 90% of abortions take place in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy
One in three women has an abortion in their lifetime