Abortion Rights

The DUP and SDLP Can't 'Wrap Their Arms Around' the Abortion Problem

Stephen Donnan | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Donnan

In a recent 2016 Assembly election debate on UTV the leaders of the five main political parties in Northern Ireland were all asked about their respons...

Be in No Doubt: Pregnant Women in the UK Do Not Own Their Own Bodies

Clare Murphy | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK
Clare Murphy

The appalling ordeal of a young woman in Northern Ireland, dragged before the courts for using abortion pills bought online, has yet again highlighted the gross injustice experienced by women in this region when it comes to accessing abortion.

British Woman Sentenced For Having An Abortion

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK

A woman in the UK has been sentenced for the crime of having an abortion, which prosecutors have said was "in the public interest". After pundits acro...

Time for Ireland to Change Its Abortion Laws

Kate Allen | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK
Kate Allen

Clearly, Irish law is massively out of step with majority opinion. So, what if the Irish government offered the chance to vote on this in the same way they did with same sex marriage? If these poll results are anything to go by, then the current Irish abortion laws would be torn up and thrown into the rubbish bin, where they belong. At the root of all of this is the basic human right to control and make decisions about one's own body. Whichever party, or coalition, governs Ireland following recent elections, one thing is clear: amending the abortion laws in that country must be the absolute first priority.

On International Women's Day We Give Solidarity to the Women From Ireland Who Travel Here for Their Abortions

Kerry Abel | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Politics
Kerry Abel

In the north of Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland there are two different legal scenarios where women are still having to collectively push back against the laws that prohibit them from control over their own bodies. These restrictive laws are affecting women who live in Ireland profoundly.

The Importance of Remaining Vocal About BPAS' #WeTrustWomen Campaign

Lauren Kay-Lambert | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Politics
Lauren Kay-Lambert

We are living in a developed, progressive society, so it might shock you to find that, under the 1967 Abortion Act, women need two doctors' signatures...

John Oliver Perfectly Explains Why Anti-Abortion Laws Are Total Nonsense

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Comedy

Voice of the people John Oliver is back on screens across the pond, taking his unique brand of British humour to the States to speak a little sense wh...

Why I Am Starting Christians for Choice

Barbara Ntumy | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Barbara Ntumy

A woman accessing abortion in the UK should be entitled to safe and unobstructed access. From the moment she makes her decision, every step of the way should be planned and managed as safely as any other medical procedure. To have to encounter harassment and intimidation is clearly dangerous and unacceptable.

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...