After such an uncertain election, we are now taking stock. We are keen to find out where the land lies politically concerning this government’s plans for reproductive rights. Worryingly, we have Jeremy Hunt as Health Secretary again; a MP who publicly said in 2012 thathe would favour a change in the law to halve the limit on abortions from 24 weeks into a pregnancy to 12. Also we have aMinister for Equalities, CarolineDinenage,who not only voted against same-sex marriage, but also voted for the sex-selective abortion amendment. We are working on auditing the new intake of MPs and the new cabinet to find out just how pro-choice your MPs are. Very soon we will have a fancy new web-tool through which you can contact your MP and ask them yourselves! But by no means wait for us to get our web tool running – go ahead and contact your MPs andlet them know that the majority of their constituents are pro-choice!
Join Abortion Rights on the 20th June demo
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
Abortion Rights will be marching at the People’s Assembly Against Austerity on the 20th.Whilst the austerity measures impact people from all communities as well as our health and educations systems Abortion Rights recognises that women are disproportionately affected by cuts, calculations made by various women’s groups suggest as much as 85% of the cuts have ultimately come out of women’s pockets. When there are cuts to health and education services, this will have an impact on women’s ability to access safe, free and legal abortions.
March with Abortion Rights we will carrying our massive pink banner and giving out AR branded T-shirts to the lucky first 20 who spy is in crowd!
On the 16th of May we held a counter demonstration to the March for Life in Birmingham – a rally held by particularly nasty and extreme anti-choice and pro-abstinence groups. We had a vibrant presence with great speeches from Kerry Abel (Chairof Abortion Rights) and local student and trade union representatives.It was a great day with a fantastic group of pro-choice advocates who were keen to show the anti-choicersa thing or two! We would like to thank everyone who liked and shared our event on social media and to all who came out on the day to support Abortion Rights. We would particularly like to thank the West Midlands contingent of trade unionists and students who came along! Check our image gallery here
Abortion news around the world
Ireland – This week Amnesty International released a damning report She is Not a Criminal: The Impact of Ireland’s Abortion Law. Irish abortion laws are amongst the harshest in the world. Women in Ireland are not granted access to abortion in cases of rape, severe or fatal feotal impairment. Abortion is only granted when the woman’s live is in danger. Northern Ireland permits abortion to save a woman’s life or where there is a risk of real of serious long-term or permanent damage to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman. Women in Northern are not legally entitled to free abortions on the NHS
It is estimated that as many as 4,000 Irish women & girls travel abroad to terminate their pregnancies. 10-12 women a day travel to England. The report details the further fiscal & psychological strain this puts on those women. Migrant women, those that don’t the legal right to travel & those that simply can’t afford to are disproportionately affected by the harsh laws.
Time for Change! We believe that such laws not only criminalise women but deny fundamental human rights of women and girls, including their right to life, freedom from torture, freedom from discrimination and cruel or degrading treatment.
Abortion Rights stands in solidarity with women in Ireland and join Amnesty in their call for abortion law reform.
Paraguay – You will most likely have heard about the harrowing case of the pregnant 10-year-old rape victim denied an abortion by Paraguayan authorities. This is one of the many constant reminders that anti-choice legislation hurts women and girls and puts lives in danger. Choice has been completely taken away from this child, who not only shouldn’t be forced to bear the child of the family member who raped her, but also shouldn’t have to carry a pregnancy to term that, as a child herself, could have killed her.
USA- there have been even more attacks on choice taking place at the federal level. In May, the House, by a vote of 242-to-184, approved a revised version of an earlier Republican-introduced bill to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. While the bill is not expected to pass the Senate, making this a largely symbolic gesture, it shows just how determined anti-choice politicians, particularly Republican representatives, are to take away the reproductive rights of women in