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Press Release: Deborah Frances-White to Speak on behalf of AR at Together Against Trump Demo

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Donald Trump is visiting the UK and mass protests are planned to greet him. Abortion Rights is proud to be joining the carnival of resistance.

This protest is going to include some big-name speakers and also a lot of space for grassroots voices. The groups that Trump’s divisive and discriminatory agendas impact the most tend to be those who have the least means and opportunity to make their voices heard – so this is a chance to redress that balance.

We are pleased to announce that comedian and activist Deborah Frances-White will be addressing the crowd on behalf of Abortion Rights tomorrow.

Kerry Abel, Abortion Rights Chair Says:

“Thanks to Deborah for speaking out against Trump. Trump has made it clear he hates women. From his pussy grabbing claims and comments that women who have abortions should be punished during his campaign, he has doubled down on his policies – first re-enacting the Global Gag Rule to limit international funding where the organisation offers sometimes life-saving abortion care or just information, and now extending the gag to American domestic family planning funding.

“These Trumpist anti-abortion views affect our politics here, with the emboldening of US-style anti-choice tactics harassing women outside clinics and attempting to enact laws that would make abortion care difficult.”

Our Stand:

Abortion rights are human rights. No to coat hanger abortions, no to Trump and his politics of hate.

Abortion Rights stands in solidarity with our sisters in America, we aim to reclaim the abortion debate and send out a strong message to Trump and his cronies that harboring extremist views is not representative of public opinion.

In 2019 women must be trusted to make their own decisions about their bodies. Women attempting to access a legal medical service must be able to do so without fear of harassment or intimidation.

The recent abortion ban legislation in the USA, backed by Trump, shows what can happen. When 65% of people in Northern Ireland say they want the law changed, we should be repealing the law not going backwards.

The criminalisation of abortion only perpetuates the stigmatisation of it, by legalising it, we can bring it out of the shadows into healthy conversation, and help to eliminate common feelings of shame that many women associate with abortion and seek to positively support their psychological well-being.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

For more details and Interview, requests contact Kerry Abel on 07979 535242/ For inquiries regarding Deborah Frances-White contact Gina on gina@the-spontaneity-shop.com

  • Together Against Trump 11 am on Tuesday 04th June, Assembling at the Find out more Together Against Trump and the organisations involved here 
  • More information about AR’s Women’s Bloc here
  • Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian, The Guilty Feminist podcast host, screenwriter and corporate speaker.
  • Trump Forces families to choose indefinite detention or immediate separate
  • He has made it easier for companies to refuse to cover the cost of birth control by seeking religious or moral exemptions.
  • Four states have passed “heartbeat” bills in 2019, and Alabama just passed an even stricter law. Read our latest blog here
  • The “global gag rule” imposed by Trump, blocking US funds to any organisation involved in abortion advice and care overseas, could impact millions of women and girls
  • The “global gag rule” imposed by Trump, blocking US funds to any organisation involved in abortion advice and care overseas, could impact millions of women and girls.
  • Read more about the effects of the Global Gag Rule from Marie Stopes here 
  • Under the Global Gag Rule, almost 1.7m women globally will go without access to services and care by 2020.
  • Unless Marie Stopes International are able to close their unprecedented funding gap, it will result in:
    1 million unintended pregnancies
    720,000 unsafe abortions
    5,600 avoidable maternal deaths
  • According to World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, 6 million unsafe abortions are performed annually, predominantly in the Global South, and 6.9 million are treated for unsafe abortion-related complications. This number would be decreased if women were given the right to access safe abortion legally, and WHO has confirmed that highly restrictive abortion laws are not associated with lower abortion rates.
  • Donald Trump & Mike Pence give ‘March for ‘Life’ full support: https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/01/18/march-life-says-its-pro-science-despite-medical-consensus-favoring-abortion-access/?utm_term=.f5e0be40307b
  • Mike Pence speaks at ‘March for Life’ rally, January 2019 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/27/march-for-life-washington-abortion-trump-reproductive-rights
  • Abortion Rights is the national pro-choice campaign which seeks to defend and extend women’s rights and access to safe, legal abortion. We work closely with the Parliamentary All Party Pro-choice and Sexual Health group and the Voice for Choice coalition of sexual health and education organisations
  • Abortion Rights is the national pro-choice campaign, working to defend and extend abortion rights and provide a pro-choice voice to the media. We are supported by the TUC, National Union of Students amongst other prominent union groups
  • The UK is a pro-choice country. Polling consistently shows that two-thirds of people are in favor of legal abortion
  • 1 in 3 women in Britain will have an abortion in their lifetime and a consistent three quarters support the current legal right to abortion – it’s time the pro-choice majority was heard!
  • Since 1967 the Abortion Act has enabled women to access abortions in England, Wales and Scotland.
  • Use these stats for pro-choice majority http://www.natcen.ac.uk/blog/british-attitudes-to-abortion