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.
Feminist activist, writer and satirist and vice chair of Abortion Rights UK
Kate Smurthwaite is a UK-based feminist writer and activist. She is vice chair and media spokesperson for Abortion Rights UK and an active member of London Feminist Network. She has also been involved with Women for Refugee Women and Eaves Housing and last year won an award for her work from Platform 51. She combines her activism with performances as a political comedienne and satirist. She has written columns for a wide range of publications including The Guardian, The Mirror, Cosmopolitan, The F-Word, Liberal Conspiracy, Stylist, Reuters and her own blog Cruellablog (www.cruellablog.blogspot.com). She can be followed on Twitter at @Cruella1.
The proverbial joy of sex must be about pleasing the other person and enjoying their response and enthusiasm for pleasing you. In that context there is no mystic hinterland of confusion about consent. It's obvious.
03/09/2012 16:53 BST
The debate around a woman's right to choose on abortion is often thought of as mainly about term limits. It's easy to forget that there are many more obstacles which can be put in the way of women seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy.
31/08/2011 00:04 BST
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