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public meeting – 7th October, London

ImageAbortion Rights has called a public meeting for MPs and supporters to launch the pro-choice campaigning ahead of further votes on abortion this autumn.

Oct 7th, 7pm, Committee room 11, House of Commons

Please join us for an update on the amendments tabled for the Report Stage of the Human Fertilistion and Embryoloy Bill and to discuss the next steps in the pro-choice campaigning at this pivotal time.

Speakers will include Diane Abbott MP, Annie Campbell – Alliance for Choice, Kay Carberry – TUC Assistant General Secretary, Katy Clark MP, Katie Curtis NUS, Evan Harris MP, Jacqui Lait MP; Chris McCafferty; Wendy Savage – Doctors for a Woman’s Choice on Abortion, Dr Audrey Simpson – fpa Northern Ireland, Polly Toynbee – Guardian commentator.

Please email us to let us know if you can attend the meeting.

Please download, photocopy and distribute the flyer for the meeting

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill goes through its final stages in Parliament this autumn. In May we defeated anti-abortion amendments to lower the time limit from 24 weeks. This was a huge victory for women, the pro-choice movement and Abortion Rights. Yet the campaign is not over – anti-abortion MPs have tabled a series of amendments to restrict women’s abortion rights when the Bill is voted on at its decisive Report Stage. We believe these amendments must be defeated.

Women in fact need improved rights. Forty years after the enactment of the 1967 Abortion Act, pro-choice MPs are seeking to improve access to abortion and bring the law into line with developments in medical practice and social attitudes. Changes proposed include a reduction in the number of doctors who need to consent, from two to one, and the extension of the law to Northern Ireland.

Eighty-three per cent of people support a woman’s right to choose. Abortion Rights believes the law should reflect that majority.

Join us to add your voice and debate the next steps for choice. The meeting is planned to allow plenty of time for questions and discussion.

All pro-choice supporters are welcome.