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A woman accessing abortion in the UK should be entitled to safe and unobstructed access. From the moment she makes her decision, every step of the way should be planned and managed as safely as any other medical procedure. To have to encounter harassment and intimidation is clearly dangerous and unacceptable. The victimisation of any person accessing any other medical treatment would be publicly condemned, and so should the activity of the groups behind March for Life.
An open letter to The Mayor of London: Support the pro-choice majorityRead the petition
Dear Mayor of London
We urge you not to stand idle when the US-inspired ‘March for Life’ holds its annual ‘Life fest’ in London on the 11 May 2019. This affects us all and we want to lift the lid on the Trump-supported gathering that will propagate false and extreme views.
As an outspoken advocate of a woman’s right to choose, we implore you to stand with the Pro-Choice majority of the UK and publicly support the March For Choice action.
The UK anti-abortion movement looks to America for inspiration – and we want to nip these tactics in the bud. The ‘March for Life’ slogan is ‘Life from conception, no exception’ showcasing the most extreme anti-abortion position imaginable. Banning all abortion would be a significant threat to the life and health of pregnant women across Britain. While anti-abortion campaigners are a tiny proportion of the British population their positions are deeply sinister.
Please show your support publicly to the Pro-Choice majority on 11 May 2019.
‘March for Life’ are not pro-life, when women have died because they couldn’t have a safe, legal abortion – they dismissed the criticism.
In addition to opposing abortion, these groups also have links to homophobic, fascist and far-right organisations. ‘March for Life’ supporters also oppose contraception, sex education, and IVF fertility treatment.
We have compiled further information at about the groups that form ‘March for Life UK’, confirming that they hold extremist anti-choice views: including gatherings that protest outside abortion clinics with graphic images, homophobic tendencies as well as proffering women misleading information through crisis pregnancy centers that lie about the effects of abortion.
Abortion is safe, one in three women in the UK will have an abortion. Abortion does not cause mental or physical health problems – a fact that the NHS should positively reassert.
The public is Pro-Choice
Being Pro-Choice is a neutral position and trusting women to decide what is right for their situation. In the UK, there is clear evidence that the overwhelming majority of people support women’s access to abortion. Research has shown that anti-abortion activism outside of clinics causes many women distress and there is a pressing need to take action to ensure unhindered access.
We need to stand up to hate
Throughout 2019 there have been reminders of why the struggle for abortion rights must continue – many of our hard-fought battles for rights are under attack, particularly reproductive rights.
A woman’s right to abortion must be safeguarded which is why we are organising this essential counter-protest.
Abortion Rights believes that in 2019 women should be trusted to make their own decisions about their bodies. Women attempting to access a legal medical service must be able to do so without fear of harassment or intimidation.
Kerry Abel, Chair of Abortion Rights
Sarah Solemani, Actress
Dr. Jayne Kavanagh
Frances O’Grady, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress
Kiri Tunks, Joint President, NEU
Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary, NEU
Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary
Fern Brady, Comedian
Rachel Parris, Comedian
Ava Vidal, Comedian
Prof Kate Sang, Professor of Gender and Employment Studies
Dr. Finn Mackay, sociologist & Author
Gabby Edlin, Bloody Good Period
Sarah Cartin, Christians for Choice
Rashida Islam, Muslims for Choice
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