Portuguese ban on abortion ship creates furore over women’s rights

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.

A woman’s right to choose

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...
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Petition to Oppose the Global Gag Rule

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,...
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The Current Situation in the UK

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...
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