Abortion Rights was overwhelmed on Wednesday night by the numbers of people who flocked to Westminster for the first meeting in the campaign to defend the time limit for abortion. 200 people crammed into the biggest room we could book and we apologise to all the others who were turned away by the police outside.
The meeting brought together an electric alliance of leading trade unionists, students, medical and sexual health workers, many MPs, journalists, women’s groups and a leading representative from the pro-choice struggle in the US. The room was full of Women who remember the days of the back street abortion, experienced campaigners for women’s reproductive rights and a new generation of young enthusiastic activists. A full report of the meeting is being prepared and will be available on the website shortly.
Abortion Rights launched a postcard campaign at the meeting, ‘Would you turn the clock back on her rights?’ to raise awareness of the real situation for women facing the need for a later termination and to lobby MPs to defend against the pressure to reduce the time limit.
If you support a woman’s right to choose and would like to be involved please email us with your address for the campaign pack and postcards and we will keep you up to date with the campaign initiatives and how you can get involved. We encourage everyone to send a postcard to their MP and to distribute them widely through organisations, to colleagues, friends and family. We would also encourage everyone who wants to defend the time limit to join Abortion Rights – the national pro-choice campaign – and ensure we have a strong pro-choice movement capable of defeating this attack and winning choice for women.
We would like to thank everyone who attended the meeting for all of their enthusiasm and commitment to take the campaign forward.