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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?

A Chance to Create an Abortion Law That's Fit for Purpose - Let's Take It

Clare Murphy | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Clare Murphy

There's a fresh chance to remove the anachronistic requirement that two doctors must authorise a woman's request for an abortion before it can be performed. On Thursday, a private members' bill to reduce the number of doctors required to authorise an abortion from two to one is to be introduced by Baroness Jenny Tonge in the House of Lords.

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...

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.

What Do You Call a Woman Who's Had an Abortion? Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend

Clare Murphy | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Murphy

Recent comments and campaigns by politicians opposed to abortion often imply that women do not know what they are doing when they request abortion and need protecting from themselves, or that what they are doing is morally wrong - and that their pregnancies need protecting from the women themselves.

Man Who Hacked Abortion Provider Site Jailed For Two And A Half Years

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.04.2012 | UK

Computer "whiz kid" James Jeffery, who hacked into the website of Britain's biggest abortion provider has been jailed for two years and eight months. ...

Anonymous Members Admits Abortion Website Hack

PA | Posted 10.03.2012 | UK

A member of hacking group Anonymous broke into the website of Britain's biggest abortion provider because he "disagreed" with his sister's choice to t...