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Pro-Choice Public Meeting

Wednesday 16th May, 7.00pm, Parliament

Outraged by anti-choice abortion clinic protests?

Concerned about the counselling plans?

Ready to stand up to SPUC?

Then come to our Pro-Choice Public Meeting and have your say!

We are seeing an alarming change of climate at the moment, as activists and politicians opposed to a woman’s right to choose turn their attention to abortion providers and individual women seeking abortion.

Already this year we have seen women harassed and filmed outside abortion clinics, the website of abortion provider BPAS hacked by an anti-choice fanatic, hundreds of clinics hit by spot checks in search of bad practice – and we’re still awaiting the launch of the government’s consultation on abortion counselling, which could see anti-choice groups handed NHS contracts to advise women on their pregnancy options.

Fortunately pro-choice supporters have been responding brilliantly: groups have sprung up to oppose clinic ‘vigils’ and harassment, counter-protests have drawn huge crowds, and just last Saturday loads of you held demos around the country to tell anti-choicers to ‘SPUC Off!’

Now we need to build on this upsurge in support and talk about what comes next. So we’ve scheduled a Pro-Choice Public Meeting in Parliament on Wednesday 16th May.

We’ll be hearing from some great speakers, who will be sharing their views on the political and activist issues facing the pro-choice movement. Speakers confirmed so far include:

Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Minister for Public Health

Zoe Williams, Guardian columnist and journalist

Kay Carberry, TUC Assistant General Secretary

Natalie Bennett, Chair, Green Party Women

Clare Murphy, Director of Press and Public Policy, BPAS

Kat Banyard, founder of UK Feminista and author of The Equality Illusion

Richy Thompson, British Humanist Association, Education & Faith Schools officer

It’s a great line-up, but we really want to hear your views too, so there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

The meeting is free and open to all, but if you would like to attend please email choice@abortionrights.org.uk and let us know you’re coming.

7.00pm, Wednesday 16th May, Committee Room 10 in Parliament.

See you there!