Abortion Rights Blog

The national pro-choice campaign

join the May 7th national lobby of parliament and rally on the eve of the HFE Bill

ImageDefend abortion rights
– no attack on the 24 week time limit
– for a woman’s right to choose

3-6pm lobby of Parliament, rooms W1 and W2, Parliament
7pm meeting, Committee room 10, House of Commons

The government has announced that the first debate on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will take place on Monday 12th May. Abortion opponents have made it clear they intend to use the Bill to drive back women’s rights.

This lobby of parliament and rally will be an opportunity to show the strength of opposition to that agenda, speak to and win the argument with your MP, and to hear from leading politicians, scientists, women’s movement and trade union supporters about why abortion rights must be supported.

Speakers announced for the meeting:
Diane Abbott MP; Julie Bentley, Director fpa; Katy Clark MP; Stuart Derbyshire Phd; Dr Evan Harris MP; Sally Hunt, General Secretary UCU; Robert Key MP; Jane Loftus CWU; Chris McCafferty MP; Katherine Rake, Fawcett Society; Wendy Savage, DWCA; Kat Stark, NUS; Sarah Veale, TUC;
Zoe Williams, Guardian Columnist

Supporters of the events include: fpa, TUC, STUC, NUS, UNISON, UNITE the union, UCU, GMB, PCS, NAPO, ASLEF, RMT, FBU, bpas, Education for Choice, South East Region TUC, Camden Trades Council, Ealing Trades Council, Lambeth TUC, SOAS students union, the British Humanist Association, the New Humanist Magazine, the National Secular Society

Lobby details:
For information about how to get involved and what will happen on the day please download the advance briefing for supporters

Please make an appointment with your MP if possible using the model letter, and encourage friends, and colleagues to join you!

To identify and contact your MP visit upmystreet or call the House of Commons on 020 7219 3000. Alternatively you can write to your MP at House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.

If you are attending the lobby, please download a detailed information pack outlining everything from what to expect on arrival to Parliament and where to find the loos, to the key arguments to make to your MP. Please print this off and bring it with you if you can. Copies will also be available on the day.

Please also download a briefing paper to hand to your MP at the end of your meeting with them or to send with a letter if you cannot attend the lobby.

Supporting the events:
ImageTo add your organisation as a supporter of the event, please email us

Please download the lobby flyer to photocopy and distribute widely.

Please download the download the pdf advert for your publication here.

Please email us to let us know if you can attend either the lobby or the rally.