Kate Smurthwaite
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Kate Smurthwaite is a UK-based feminist writer and activist. She is vice chair and media spokesperson for Abortion Rights UK and an active member of London Feminist Network. She has also been involved with Women for Refugee Women and Eaves Housing and last year won an award for her work from Platform 51. She combines her activism with performances as a political comedienne and satirist. She has written columns for a wide range of publications including The Guardian, The Mirror, Cosmopolitan, The F-Word, Liberal Conspiracy, Stylist, Reuters and her own blog Cruellablog (www.cruellablog.blogspot.com). She can be followed on Twitter at @Cruella1.

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Yes, Savita Halappanavar's Death IS a Political Issue

(65) Comments | Posted 15 November 2012 | (11:30)

This weeks' protest outside the Irish Embassy in London over the death of Savita Halappanavar was a first for me. I've been to dozens of pro-choice protests before but this was the first time I've attended one with no sign whatsoever of a counter-protest. I guess it's hard to claim...

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How Bad Is the Sex Everyone's Having?

(7) Comments | Posted 4 September 2012 | (01:00)

While Julian Assange stares forlornly out of the front window of the Ecuadorian embassy like a bed and breakfast guest regretting ordering the full English the media is in disarray. How, they wonder, can someone who does something good (Wikileaks) also do something bad (rape)? It goes against...

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Abortion: It is not the Government's job to tell Women What Counseling They Need

(19) Comments | Posted 31 August 2011 | (01:00)

The debate around a woman's right to choose on abortion is often thought of as mainly about term limits. It's easy to forget that there are many more obstacles which can be put in the way of women seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy. Needless to say there is no...

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