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Respect Women’s Choices on Abortion

Calling all pro-choice supporters! Respect Women's Choices on Abortion

Abortion Rights has launched a national postcard campaign – ‘ respect women’s choices on abortion’ to shape and inform the current debate and to ensure the pro-choice perspective is heard loud and clear at this crucial time.

After months of sensationalist tabloid stories, abortion has been propelled to the centre of the election campaign and the front page of every newspaper. Abortion Rights is very concerned that public and parliamentary opinion is rapidly being shaped by a misleading and ill-informed media frenzy, which paints a distorted picture that abortion is too easy to access and is available on demand, that there are too many abortions and that the time limit for abortion is too late.

The recent debate has focused almost exclusively on late terminations, which are extremely rare – 0.6 per cent take place between 22 and 24 weeks – but sometimes necessary. Emotive language and images are distracting from the real issues faced by women in Britain today and are characterised by the lack of statutory sex and relationships education and poor funding of and access to abortion services.
 
We are urging all pro-choice supporters to send postcards to their parliamentary candidates ahead of the election to ensure they respect women’s choices on abortion!

How you can help

     
  • Send ‘respect women’s choices on abortion’ postcards to parliamentary candidates standing in your constituency.
     
  • Distribute the postcards to friends and colleagues or even more widely through your trade union, student union or other networks.
     
     
  • Monitor response, Abortion Rights is keen to monitor the responses from parliamentary candidates. You can help by forwarding on any responses to the Abortion Rights’ campaign office.

For candidates’ details, see your local election literature or click on the PPC link below.

Alternatively, address your postcard to Dear X Party candidate for X constituency’ and send c/o party headquarters:

C/O The Labour Party, 16 Old Queen Street, London, SW1H 9HP
http://www.labour.org.uk/ppcs

C/O Conservative Party, 25 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0DL
http://www.conservatives.com/tile.do?def=people.pps.page

C/O Liberal Democrats, 4 Cowley Street, London, SW1P 3NB
http://www.libdems.org.uk/party/people/ppcs.html

C/O Plaid Cymru Ty Gwymfor, 18 Park Grove, Cardiff, CF10 3BN
www.plaidcymru.org

C/O Scottish National party, 107 McDonald Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4NW
http://www.snp.org/elections/candidates/politicianˍlisting?portalˍtype=SNP%20Candidate

To obtain contact details and voting records for your ex-MP, visit: www.theyworkforyou.com

For further information and to order free copies of the postcard, contact Abortion Rights
TODAY!
2-12 Pentonville Road, London N1 9FP; T: 020 7278 5539; E: choice@abortionrights.org.uk