Pro Choice

How Can We Make Women Count When the Numbers Don't Add Up?

Simon Cooke | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Cooke

By investing to make contraception available to every woman who wants it, improving access to safe abortion where it's legal and making sure that medical care is readily available when things go wrong we can make a real difference. It's not rocket science - even for someone still relatively new to the development sector like me.

Moral Judgement: Please Use Responsibly

Kathryn Taylor | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kathryn Taylor

The case of the Australian couple who have taken the twin, but not the Downs syndrome sibling from the surrogate Thai mother, which has been in the news this week raises some interesting ethical issues. I don't mean to comment directly on that case here because the facts of that particular case are far from clear. The only thing that is clear is that it is very sad that it has happened. But what were the alternatives?

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...

Why We Should Be Thanking Emily Letts for Filming Her Own Abortion

Rachel Moss | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Moss

For me, terminating a pregnancy is a big deal. But because the decision to have an abortion is a serious one, shouldn't it also be an informed one? Since posting the video, Emily has been sworn at, received death threats and been told she should never have children. But what is it that people are so worried about?

Be Honest: Why Do You Really Hate Josie Cunningham?

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gabriella Apicella

From younger and younger we are setting women up to be targets of some form of abuse. If she is not beautiful she will be bullied: as Josie Cunningham experienced in advance of getting her notorious breast enlargement, and Jodie Marsh did before her nosejob. If she does not engage in sexual acts she will be pestered until she submits.

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.

'This House Regrets the 1967 Abortion Act'

Esther Rich | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Rich

This was the title of a debate hosted by Oxford Students for Life on Monday 10th March...

Pregnant Brain Dead Woman Is Taken Off Life Support As It Emerges Foetus Was Deformed

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK

A brain dead pregnant woman has been taken off life-support, her family has announced. Marlise Munoz, 33, was 14 weeks pregnant when she suffered ...

We Stood With Wendy Davis - Now Stand With Ann Furedi

Lucy Uprichard | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Uprichard

Ann Furedi, the head of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas), recently came under media fire for her piece in Spiked about the "danger of clamping down on sex-selective abortions".

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...

Taking a Stand: Support For Wendy Davis

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK Politics
Gabrielle Leimon

I think today of all days is one in which we should consider the powerful and influential women in our lives. I say this after Senator Wendy Davis staged a marathon filibuster in Texas against the abortion bill. This woman had to stand and speak for 11 hours without food, water, sitting down, rest or pause of any kind.

Student Conference-Gate.

Aisling Gallagher | Posted 08.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Aisling Gallagher

Throughout the UK, our students' unions democratic structures are being attacked, more often by their university rather than their elected student officers. It's time to tell QUBSU that they can't simply ignore the rules.

Deceptive Hysteria Surrounds Abortion Debate in Northern Ireland

Gary Spedding | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gary Spedding

In my opinion, there is a serious lack of education coupled with a deliberate propagation of misinformation in the political and public sphere when it comes to women's reproductive rights in Northern Ireland.

Dina Rickman

'It's Surprising It's Been Uncontroversial For So Long'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dina Rickman | Posted 10.01.2013 | UK

It’s been a great year for the pro-life lobby. That’s the view of Mark Bhagwandin, Senior Education and Media Officer of anti-abortion charity ...

Vigils For Savita Halt Traffic In Dublin (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK

Streets surrounding the Irish parliament were shut down and traffic ground to a halt during rush-hour as around 2,000 demonstrators staged a spontaneo...

Ireland PM: We Will Not Hold Inquiry Into Abortion Death

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2012 | UK

Ireland's prime minister has said there will be no external inquiry into why a pregnant woman died after being refused an abortion in hospital. Pre...

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...

Students 'Drive Away' Graphic Anti-Abortion Protestors

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 08.11.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Students have declared a victory after driving away a group of notoriously graphic anti-abortion protestors by holding a counter-demonstration. Abo...

Lower Limit on Abortion: A Dangerous Idea

Louise Wilson | Posted 19.12.2012 | UK Politics
Louise Wilson

Medical reasons would provide the only good justification for reducing the limits of abortion; if this is the case, I'm all for a change in the law. But until this is proven, an arbitrary change could result in fewer rights, severe harm or even death - and this is simply not worth it.

Students 'Distressed And Intimidated' By Anti-Abortion Protest

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Students have been left "distressed and intimidated" after anti-abortion group Abort67 held a demonstration at their university campus. Members of ...

What's in a Name?

Simon Blake | Posted 21.12.2012 | UK Politics
Simon Blake

Ultimately, the other thing missing from the debate is that if all of us can agree that preventing abortions when possible is a laudable aim then good quality sex and relationships education as defined by the Sex Education Forum and access to contraceptive services that provide choice are absolutely vital.

Don’t Lie To Yourself About Why You’re Pro-Choice

The Guardian | Posted 18.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle

If lefties are looking for a 'take down' of a recent HuffPost UK's blog, which argued that anti-abortionists could also be progressives, this might do...

Outdated Nonsense

Zoe Venditozzi | Posted 16.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Zoe Venditozzi

I've started asking women I know if they consider themselves to be feminists. Whilst doing this I've discovered two things. Firstly, the question causes a little flicker of embarrassment in me. It's almost like asking, were you a virgin when you got married? Or something similar to that type of anachronistic nonsense. Secondly, most women I've asked seem similarly uncomfortable and are often pretty reluctant to identify themselves with Feminism.

Is Northern Ireland Ready For Abortion?

Emma Campbell | Posted 12.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Campbell

Northern Ireland is known for its history of religious and state conflict; a recent scar that most of us living here would wish healed. So strange then that the group most disregarded during the Troubles, yet vital to its peace process, i.e. women, should be the subject of unity between the extremes of both Catholic and Protestant religious voices this week