Abortion Rights

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

Sophie Turton | Posted 08.04.2014 | 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 01.04.2014 | 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.

What Dirty Dancing Taught Me About Abortion

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabriella Apicella

Onscreen taboos and misrepresentation around abortion, when it is such a common issue in the lives of women are extremely problematic. And even Dirty Dancing may never have depicted it were it not for the amazing attitude of writer Eleanor Bergstein who turned down sponsorship for the movie to preserve the story.

Discrimination Against Women Is Not Tackled by Curbing Their Reproductive Rights

Clare Murphy | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Clare Murphy

The allegation by the Independent that there is a "war" on female foetuses by certain communities in this country is both unsubstantiated and extremely insulting to the people who belong to those communities. Nonetheless, the suggestion that any woman feels under pressure to bring a child of a certain sex into the world, and feels that she has failed if she delivers a girl, is intensely depressing and distressing... We may well find the notion of sex-selective abortion extremely disturbing, where it exists. But further curtailing women's already highly regulated reproductive choices will never be the answer to gender inequality.

40 Days For Life: Abortion and Passive-Aggressive 'Peaceful Prayer'

Lucy Uprichard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Uprichard

2010 wasn't the best year for the UK. We gained a coalition government, the newspapers had a tiring fixation with the recently announced royal engagement, and 40 Days For Life finally made their way across the pond.

Should Pro-Choice Mean Women Are Free To Have Abortions On Basis Of Gender?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK

Women are legally free to end a pregnancy should they not like the sex of their unborn child, an abortion charity has said. Ann Furedi, the chief exec...

Seriously Ill El Salvador Woman Denied Abortion

Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK

A seriously ill woman in El Salvador has been denied an abortion, despite the fact her baby has little or no chance of survival. The 22-year-old wo...

Dirty Little Secrets? Children Conceived in Rape

Ben Acheson | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Acheson

When a 14 year old Irish girl was raped and became pregnant in 1992, nobody knew that the shockwaves would still be rippling 20 years later. This week, the 'Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill' is navigating the Irish Parliament. If successful, abortion, where there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the mother, may soon be legalised in Ireland.

Feminism, Men and Women-Only Spaces

Louise Pennington | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

No one asks why feminists are moving back to women-only organising or why feminists are increasingly identifying as political lesbians or lesbian separatists? Why are women-only spaces, once again, becoming so important?

Open Letter to Enda Kenny Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) About Abortion Rights in Ireland

Orna Ross | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Politics
Orna Ross

I write as one of the offshore Irish, who spoke outside the Irish embassy in London last week to honour the memory of Savita Halappanavar and urge your government to respond appropriately to her death.

Yes, Savita Halappanavar's Death IS a Political Issue

Kate Smurthwaite | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK Politics
Kate Smurthwaite

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 to be 'pro-life' when someone is actually dead.

Woman Dies In 'Agony' After Being Refused Abortion

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK

A woman has died in an Irish hospital after she was refused an abortion. Savita Halappanavar, a dentist aged 31, was 17 weeks pregnant when she die...

You Go Girl! - Obama Win Is a Relief for Women, Including Us Brits

Rebecca Myers | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK Politics
Rebecca Myers

Women of America, you have totally, utterly inspired me. Between bandaging my fingernails and sighing a huge sigh of relief, I can only think to say: you really really do go, girls.

Mehdi Hasan

The Nadine Dorries Interview: On Abortion, Gay Marriage And The 'Posh Boys'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 31.01.2013 | UK Politics

Nadine Dorries is a left-wing feminist. Don’t take my word for it. Take hers. “My politics are moving,” says the Tory MP for Mid Bedfordshir...

Ten Things I Learned From Debating Abortion on Twitter

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

I wrote this column, not because I wanted to have a row about abortion or "climbing on a bandwagon", but because I desperately wanted "my fellow lefties and liberals to try to understand and respect the views of those of us who are pro-life, rather than demonise us as right-wing reactionaries or medieval misogynists". Yesterday's Twitter responses show that I failed to persuade them to do so.

Being Pro-Life Doesn't Make Me Any Less of a Lefty

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

The abortion debate forces people to choose sides: right against left, religious against secular. Some of us, however, refuse to be sliced and diced in such a simplistic and divisive manner.

Ending Unwanted Pregnancies in Latin America

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Some countries make the procedures available in cases of rape, incest, or health risk, but women will lack access even in these circumstances: in Argentina and Peru, for instance, judges withhold authorisations for legal abortions and doctors refuse to perform the procedures.

Miller, Hunt and the Irrelevance of Viability to the Abortion Debate

Craig Purshouse | Posted 07.12.2012 | UK Politics
Craig Purshouse

Debating the science of when a foetus is viable rather than the relevance of viability itself implicitly accepts that a late-stage foetus's claim on existence outweighs the mother's right to bodily autonomy.

Do Hunt's Comment Signal Start Of Tory Push To Reduce Abortion Limit?

PA | Posted 06.12.2012 | UK

David Cameron was tonight facing demands to reopen the debate on Britain's abortion laws after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt called for the current tim...

May Becomes Third Senior Tory To Support Abortion Restrictions

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.10.2012 | UK Politics

Campaigners vowed on Saturday to re-open the fight to tighten up the abortion laws after a third Cabinet minister came out in favour of cutting the cu...

Mother Killed Her Unborn Baby With Internet Drug, Days Before Birth

PA | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK

A woman has pleaded guilty to ending her pregnancy just one week before her baby was due to be born, police said on Monday. Sarah Catt is believed ...

Who Can Possibly be Against 50 Million Fewer Abortions?

Jenny Tonge | Posted 21.09.2012 | UK Politics
Jenny Tonge

In reality no-one is "pro-abortion," but rather we, along with the mainstream populace of the vast majority of the developing world, are "pro the right to abortion." Each woman should be allowed and empowered to make her own decision as to whether she continues her pregnancy - according to her health, her morals, her religion, her resources and all the other circumstances she finds herself in.

Don't Mention the 'A' Word

Dana Hovig | Posted 09.09.2012 | UK
Dana Hovig

I'm happy to admit I never expected to see Melinda Gates, David Cameron and Andrew Mitchell standing on a stage in London talking about the value of family planning - and even happier to admit I was wrong.

UK Abortion Law Needs an Urgent Re-Think Before We Turn Into America

Ruth Whippman | Posted 11.06.2012 | UK Politics
Ruth Whippman

A woman's right to choose whether or not to have a child is preserved by nothing more stringent than a gentleman's agreement. The problem with gentlemen's agreements is that they don't necessarily serve women. It's time for an urgent change in the law.

Catholic Midwives Lose Legal Fight To Avoid Assisting In Abortions

PA | Posted 29.02.2012 | UK

Two Catholic midwives who lost a legal bid challenging a health board's decision that they were not entitled to refuse to delegate, supervise or suppo...