Beyond The Backstreet – Fighting for Abortion Rights 50 Years on


 Beyond the Backstreet – Fighting for Abortion Rights 50 Years on

We’re having the party of the half-century and you’re all invited! Come down to the Rich Mix, Shoreditch on 28th October 2017 to celebrate the 50th birthday of the 1967 Abortion Act.

With an action-packed program, we’re bringing activists, journalists, politicians & performers together to celebrate the legacy of the life-saving 1967 Abortion Act, that dragged abortion out of the dangerous backstreet. Bring your pro-choice pals and get to know abortion activism past, present, and future.

We’ve got an absolutely cracking line-up of incredible pro-choice heroes for you, from campaigning legends to academics, to activists, writers, and comedians.

Speakers include:
Jane Garvey, BBC 4 Women’s Hour. Polly Vernon, Columnist and Author. Stella Creasy MP. Cat Smith MP. Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC. Dr. Ann Rossiter, Author and Activist. Jane Kavanagh, UCL lecturer. Professor Sally Sheldon, Kent University Law lecturer. Dr Pam Lowe, Ashton University lecturer. Kerry Abel, Abortion Rights. Diane Munday, Activist. Dilys Cossey, Activist. Jan Nielsen, Activist. Zing Tsjeng, Vice Broadly. Liza Bakeyi, gal-dem. Satia Sa Dias, Melanin Millenials. Emma Campbell, Alliance for Choice NI. Cara Sanquest, London Irish ARC. Sinead Kennedy, Repeal the 8th.

Performer include:
Kate Smurthwaite, host. Lucy Porter, comedian. Sabrina Mahfouz, poet.Grainne Maguire, comedian. Bridget Minamore, poet.

Day Event, 10:30 am – 4 pm
Dive into discussion and workshops on a wide-range of topics from abortion rights and the history of pro-choice activism, through to the current day issues of decriminalisation, combatting stigma, Intersectionality and Abortion the situation in Northern Ireland and the portrayal of abortion in popular culture. Plus much more!

Evening Event, 7 pm – 10 pm
Kick your shoes off for an evening of high-quality belly laughter, poetry, and the spoken word: we’ve scored an awesome line-up of hilarious feminist comedians & performers for your delectation!

We’d be thrilled to see you for the whole event but if you can only make part of it then tickets are available for the day and evening separately.

You can buy tickets for the WHOLE DAY here (£25/ £22 conc.):


You can buy a ticket for the DAY event here (£15/£12 conc.):


You can buy a ticket for the EVENING event here (£15/£12 conc.):

2017 has shown us that abortion rights are still a key issue. Come down and make your voice heard!

Download theBeyond the Backstreet schedule