The real late abortion scandal is that women who are legally entitled to help are not getting it. Ann Furedi, The Guardian, Wednesday October 13, 2004 “British Pregnancy Advisory Service helps women get illegal abortions,” the Sunday Telegraph announced this week. It was followed up with a five-page special investigation under the headline: “NHS-funded charity... Read More
On Friday October 28 at 10.00 at the criminal court in Lisbon, Portugal (Rua Pinheiro Chagas) a young woman will stand trial for having an illegal abortion.
Emotive images from the womb have distorted the case for abortion Anne Weyman, The Guardian, Wednesday October 27 2004 In recent months concerted efforts by anti-abortion organisations, and their supporters in the press, have created a frenzy of activity around the emotive and complex issue of late abortion. Massively magnified images of a 12-week foetus... Read More
By Elizabeth Nash in Madrid 09 September 2004 Politicians in The Netherlands have condemned the Portuguese government for banning a so-called Dutch “abortion ship” from docking in Portuguese waters. MPs criticised the “intimidating, disproportionate and exaggerated” reaction to the Women on Waves campaigners, reigniting Europe-wide criticism over Portugal’s restrictive abortion laws.
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