Friday, September 12, 2008

Public Meeting - For a women's right to choose

I seemed to have dropped off Abortion Rights e-mail list, so thanks to Louise for sending this to me:

For a woman’s right to choose
Campaigning to defend and extend women’s abortion rights in the final stages of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

7pm Tuesday 7 October 2008 House of Commons Committee Room 10

Speakers include:
Diane Abbott MP, Katy Clark MP, Katie Curtis NUS, Evan Harris MP, Wendy Savage DWCA, Dr Audrey Simpson fpa Northern Ireland, Polly Toynbee Guardian commentator, TUC speaker. Others to be confirmed.

All pro-choice supporters welcome!

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 fight 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.