Abortion Rights

It's Not Right or Wrong, It's About Choice

Barbara Ntumy | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Barbara Ntumy

As an African raised in a Christian household, where reading the bible was how my mum encouraged me to practice my reading skills. Most would assume that I'm anti choice - when in fact the opposite is true...

Naomi's Choice - Why the Pro-life Bubble Needs to Burst

Ruth Harrison Roberts | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Harrison Roberts

It's thought that once you've had your (seemingly in particular medical abortion) the aftercare is non-existent. You pop the pills, and away you go. Don't travel, just go home and rest, have someone to stay with you and take a couple of days off work.

Why We Need to Keep Talking About Abortion

Erika Garratt | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Erika Garratt

Many have told me that my petition is restricting freedom of speech. This is not about banning protests, just moving them to a safe distance away from women accessing the clinics. If these protests are about educating women about abortion (which I find to be an incredibly patronising reason) and not to intimidate, then I cannot see why a legal buffer zone would be an issue for them...

An End to Clinic Bullying Now

Kerry Abel | Posted 11.09.2015 | UK
Kerry Abel

Abortion Rights has seen an increase in reports from the general public of anti-choice activity outside abortion clinics and health facilities that provide abortions. Women and staff have increasingly been facing harassment by anti-choice activists who have been intimidating staff and patients by using various tactics.

The Pope's Comments Are Still a Long Way From Real Progress on Abortion

Kerry Abel | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
Kerry Abel

In forgiving women for having abortions, the Pope is also distancing himself from the worst kind of abortion protesters: the ones that shout at women from across the street that they will go to hell, that they will be dammed forever.

NI Abortion Law 'Endangers Womens' Lives,' Says UN

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK

The Northern Irish law banning abortions in nearly all circumstances endangers women's lives, the UN has said. Unlike the rest of the UK, the provi...

What Will This Government Mean for Women's Reproductive Choice?

Clare Murphy | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Politics
Clare Murphy

The anti-abortion movement in Britain has largely failed. The public is pro-choice, and indeed favours a more woman-centred framework than the 1967 Abortion Act currently allows. Every parliamentary attempt in recent years to restrict access to abortion has been defeated. All should be well. But the new government has many members who voted in favour of these defeated restrictions. Indeed, their voting records suggest this is the most anti-abortion government in living memory. So what will this mean for women in the next five years?

Man Says Men Should Be Able To Veto Women's Abortions

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Psychiatrist and Fox News regular Dr Keith Ablow is a-blowing up a storm after he made controversial remarks about abortion rights. Speaking of 'Mo...

A Letter to My 18 Month Old on Women's Day

Zubin Madon | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Zubin Madon

Do not shackle yourself to gender centric paradigms of a hypocritical society; do not scuttle your dreams for ascendancy of your "natural role" (for want of a better euphemism) as a mother or a wife.

Should Men Get a Say in Abortion?

Jack Fletcher | Posted 01.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

At first glance it makes sense that men, who helped create what is now a foetus in a pregnant woman, should have a say in if a woman has an abortion or not. So it seems pretty logical to give men a legal part in the decision to some extent right? The problem is it's just not that simple.

Putting God in a Box

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Rob Owen Bell

By blindly insisting the creation myth of the Semitic tribes who became the Jewish people is fact - and telling children it is a valid alternative to the Big Bang - evangelical Christians are attributing to God the lack of imagination that cripples their own view of both humanity and the wider universe.

Abortion Clinics Need 'Buffer Zones'

PA | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK

Abortion clinics could get "buffer zones" to stop protesters hassling staff or patients, Labour has suggested. Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper sai...

Pregnant Woman Sticks It To Anti-Abortion Protesters

Becky Hopper | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Becky Hopper

A video has been posted online of a heavily pregnant woman absolutely sticking it to anti-abortion protesters. She deserves a massive thank you and a high five from women everywhere! What a hero!

Pregnant Woman Delivers Epic Smackdown To Anti-Abortion Protesters

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK

When this heavily pregnant woman was passing by an Abort67 demonstration showing graphic photographs of aborted fetuses outside a London clinic, she d...

The Antis Need to 'Back Off', But We Need to Talk About Abortion

Lisa Hallgarten | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
Lisa Hallgarten

We know from the American experience we can't turn a blind eye to abortion opponents and just hope they'll go away. If we want to protect our rights, we really do need to talk about how much we cherish them. We need to talk about abortion.

For Women's Sake, Don't Ban Sex-Selective Abortion

Alex Porter | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Alex Porter

Feminism, and all movements striving for equality, should aim to empower individuals to make choices free from the arbitrary restrains of gender, race, sexuality or class. Sex-selective abortion is a symptom of inequality, and the only way to rid our society of this practice, or any other form of discrimination, is to attack the virus of bigotry itself.

Jack Sommers

Northern Ireland's New Health Minister Thinks Rape Victims Shouldn't Be Allowed Abortions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.09.2014 | UK

The part of the UK with the strictest abortion laws has a new health minister who has made "absolutely horrifying" comments that rape victims should b...

Choosing Choice: Abortion

Emily Hay | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Hay

Choice - it's the very basis of our humanity... but in some places we are being denied that right to choice. In countries where abortion is illegal thousands of women every year are denied their human rights and forced into motherhood... lack of access to abortions doesn't save lives, it ruins them.

Anti-Abortion Activists Stopped From 'Intimidating' Vigil By Riot Law

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK

Anti-abortion activists who attempt to stop women visiting a clinic for terminations have been barred from the facility using rioting legislation, acc...

Delivering Babies and Providing Abortion Care - Two Sides of the Same Coin

Clare Murphy | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK
Clare Murphy

The Mail asks whether it isn't "a grotesque conflict of roles to ask midwives to snuff out the lives of unborn babies they would normally be using all their skills to protect?" Well, frankly, no it isn't. In fact it is entirely in keeping with a profession for whom the needs and wishes of the pregnant woman are put first and whose members strive everyday to deliver woman-centred care.

Abortion: It's Nothing to be Ashamed Of

Melanie Scagliarini | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Melanie Scagliarini

A woman having an abortion is considered to be a cold and heartless whore unless she regrets and apologises for it. The truth is the majority of women don't regret it - I certainly don't. I knew straight away that I would have an abortion and I've never looked back with remorse. Sometimes you have to make the least-worst choice out of a bad bunch of options.

Supporting Pregnancy Choices, Trusting Women to Decide

Clare Murphy | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
Clare Murphy

We should stop compartmentalising these interconnected areas of women's lives, and let a commitment to women's choice and autonomy underpin the reproductive health services that women will need across the three decades they are fertile. Let's support her choices, and let's trust her to decide.

High Court Rules On 13-Year-Old's Abortion Decision

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK

A High Court judge has ruled that a 13-year-old girl is capable of making her own decisions about whether or not to terminate a pregnancy. Health auth...

Forget Pro-Life or Pro-Choice, It's Pro-Female Rights

Sophie Turton | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK
Sophie Turton

In much of the western world we have the luxury of choice, whether you agree with the actions that follow that choice or not, it is the option that is important. The lack of choice, the continued subjugation of the rights of women and the subsequent death or injury that still affects so many, is a big problem and we should not ignore it.

Spain Desperately Needs to Embrace the Pro-Choice Movement

Isabel López Ruiz | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabel López Ruiz

Being pro-choice is the best choice. It respects a woman's agency over her own body and treats her as a fully autonomous individual with the ability to decide for herself. For many of you, this understanding of women and their autonomy is something you may take for granted. Unfortunately, however, many people still seem to believe the contrary - especially in Spain.