Abortion Rights

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

Zubin Madon | Posted 07.03.2015 | 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 30.01.2015 | 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.

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.