Abortion Rights is a campaigning organisation formed by the merger of the National Abortion Campaign (NAC) and the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA).
Both these organisations have a long history in campaigning for law reform and the provision of easily accessible, woman friendly, NHS funded abortion services.
NAC and ALRA came together at end of 2003 to launch the new organisation.
Why do we still need an abortion campaign?
Abortion has been legal in Britain since 1967 but the law creates unnecessary obstacles and delays which discriminate against women.
- Abortion in the UK is not available at the request of the woman.
- Abortion is available only if two doctors certify that the risk to her physical or mental health is greater if she goes ahead with the pregnancy than if she has an abortion.
- Women can be prevented or delayed in obtaining abortions by obstructive doctors who do not declare their conscientious objection or who do not enable the woman to contact an alternative doctor quickly.
Abortion Rights supports a woman’s right to choose an abortion
It is our overriding belief that the woman is at the centre of the situation and therefore her right to make this decision must be respected and protected.
Our aims are:
- To secure changes in law and practice to ensure that women in the UK have equal access to safe, legal, free abortion on request.
- To improve the quality of women’s experience of abortion.
Abortion Rights believes that:
- Women choose an abortion because they do not feel able to continue with a particular pregnancy at a particular time.
- Women should be entitled to access a safe legal abortion if it is their wish to do so.
- As a pregnancy progresses the decision becomes more difficult, which is why we are committed to increasing access to early abortion.