Student Conference 2014
Abortion Rights statement on prison sentence issued to woman in Pennsylvania, US
"Abortion Rights UK is appalled by the prison sentence issued to a woman in Pennsylvania, USA for obtaining abortifacient drugs for her daughter.
Annual Report 2013-14 Coming Soon
Email Your MEP
Spanish Justice Minister Ruiz-Gallardón has stated that the bill that would effectively recriminalise abortion in Spain will be before parliament this summer. You can email your Member of European Parliament here to show your opposition (remember to include your address/postcode!). We’ve drafted text you may wish to us:
Scotland, abortion rights, and speaking up
The STUC Women’s Committee and Conferences have been at the forefront of campaigning for women’s reproductive health rights. From the very earliest days, trade union women have argued for public funding for maternal and child health clinics, and for access to safe and legal abortion services that do not place women’s lives at risk. In 1979 it was the TUC that led the biggest demonstration ever on the streets of London, against the Corrie Bill, which sought to restrict access to abortion.
TUC Congress 2014
Abortion in The Media
On Friday Abortion Rights hosted a special screening of the new US film Obvious Child dubbed the 'abortion rom com' at the Genesis Cinema in east London. We were joined by the Writers and Director as well as the lead actress Jenny Slate who answered questions about getting funding for the film, why they made directorial and acting choices and about the reaction they received at showings across America. We were also joined by film graduate and NUS Women's Officer, Susuana Antubam to talk about how film and culture affect women in society.
Summary of changes to Ireland’s abortion law
The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill was passed by the Oireachtas on 11th July 2013, and on 30th July the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Ireland’s Prime Minister, signed the Bill into law.
Pro-choice Protest draws huge turnout
Pro-choice supporters gathered in Bedford Square, central London, on Friday (30.03.12) to voice their opposition to the 40 Days for Life campaign which has been picketing a BPAS clinic for several weeks.
The group's tactics have caused public outrage following reports of clinic staff and patients being approached and filmed by the anti-choice activists.
The counter-protest, organised by Bloomsbury Pro-Choice Alliance and Abortion Rights, was called when 40 Days for Life announced it had invited Roman Catholic bishop Alan Hopes to join them for an evening 'prayer vigil' outside the clinic.
Anti-choice activists arriving for the vigil were greeted by a noisy, boisterous pro-choice crowd, who kept up a constant stream of chants, whistles and songs. As the evening wore on as many as 1000 people joined the protest - including dozens of cyclists from the Critical Mass movement - outnumbering the anti-choice crowd by a huge margin.
The protest was overwhelmingly peaceful and good natured, and some very kind pro-choice people even tidied up the square afterwards.
Many thanks to everyone who attended and helped to make the event such a huge pro-choice success. We needed to send a clear message to anti-choice groups that we will not tolerate their aggressive tactics, and we needed to remind anti-choice politicians that attempts to restrict our right to choose will be met with fierce opposition. And that's exactly what we did!
Watch the Guardian video of the protest.
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