UK: Anne Robinson discusses having an abortion as ‘very unhappy’ newlywed

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Anne Robinson discusses having an abortion as 'very unhappy' newlywed

Henry Bodkin
11 October 2017

Anne Robinson will talk about having an abortion as part of a new BBC documentary marking 50 years since the practice was partially decriminalised.

The 73-year-old Weakest Link presenter said it was “out of the question” not to discuss her own experience and that doing so was a vital part of the filmmaking process.

Titled Abortion On Trial, the programme sees Ms Robinson invite nine people with conflicting views on the topic to her Gloucestershire home to share their personal stories.

Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/11/anne-robinson-discusses-having-abortion-unhappy-newlywed/

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UK: I regret having an abortion, but that doesn’t mean I’m against it

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I regret having an abortion, but that doesn’t mean I’m against it

i Team, Tuesday October 10th 2017
By Rachel*, in her twenties, from the south-east

I had two abortions as a teenager. They were both early on, both with the same abusive boyfriend. One happened in horrible circumstances which I will not repeat here. I consider them to be the most devastating events to have happened in my life.

Sometimes, I can’t sleep thinking about them. My biggest, most all-consuming fear is that I’ll be unable to conceive because of them. I’m too scared to tell my wonderful, loving boyfriend in case the image he has of me changes with the knowledge of what I did.

Continued at source: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/i-regret-abortion-doesnt-mean-im/

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Make access to abortion easier, UK’s top gynaecologist demands

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Make access to abortion easier, UK's top gynaecologist demands

Prof Lesley Regan wants nurses and midwives to be allowed to administer abortion pills, and only one doctor’s approval to be required
Prof Lesley Regan, head of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Denis Campbell Health policy editor
Thursday 5 October 2017

Nurses and midwives should be allowed to give women the pills that end an unwanted pregnancy as part of a relaxation of Britain’s abortion laws, the leader of the country’s specialist women’s health doctors has demanded.

In an interview with the Guardian, Prof Lesley Regan also urged MPs to amend the longstanding legal requirement for two doctors to approve any termination, reducing the number to one except in a few unusual circumstances.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/05/make-access-to-abortion-easier-uks-top-obstetrician-demands

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UK: ‘I ended a pregnancy before the Abortion Act was passed: here’s what I’m fighting for aged 86’

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‘I ended a pregnancy before the Abortion Act was passed: here’s what I’m fighting for aged 86’

Katie Grant 17
Monday October 2nd 2017

This month marks 50 years since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed. Diane Munday was instrumental in ensuring the landmark act was pushed through Parliament. Half a century on, she’s determined to ‘finish the job’ she started

Diane Munday was already a mother to three children under the age of four when she learned she had fallen pregnant for the fourth time in as many years.

She knew she wouldn’t be able to cope with another child and that she must end the pregnancy.

Continued at source: https://inews.co.uk/essentials/i-campaigned-abortion-rights-50-years-ago-time-finish-job-i-started/

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Ireland: It’s time to talk about the pseudoscience corrupting the abortion debate

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It’s time to talk about the pseudoscience corrupting the abortion debate

On the eve of the final March for Choice ahead of Ireland’s referendum on abortion rights next year, a scientist explains why we urgently need to challenge the dogma

Naomi Elster

Friday 29 September 2017

On Saturday 30 September 2017, the Abortion Rights Campaign (ARC) – a pro-choice alliance of which I am a member – is hosting its sixth annual March for Choice in Dublin city centre. It is a particularly significant event, as it will be our last march before next year’s referendum over whether to repeal the eighth amendment, the law that gives a foetus the same right to life as the mother.

In the summer of 2012, a few small pro-choice groups met up in Dublin to discuss collaborating. The result, the formation of the Irish Choice Network, gained momentum so quickly that the founders realised an even larger, all-island movement was needed. And so the ARC was formed.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/womens-blog/2017/sep/29/its-time-to-talk-about-the-pseudoscience-corrupting-the-abortion-debate

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UK: Knowledge is power, so it’s time to talk honestly about abortion

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Shona Craven: Knowledge is power, so it's time to talk honestly about abortion

28th September, 2017

YOU’VE only read the headline, but your hackles might already be up. What knowledge, exactly? What power? And how many paragraphs before the big reveal? For or against, “foetus” or “baby”, right or wrong. I don’t blame you. When people start talking about the reality of abortion, I get suspicious too.

It took a show at last month’s Edinburgh Fringe to make me realise how little I actually knew about this subject. Sure, like any good feminist I knew the basics of the Abortion Act 1967, passed 50 years ago next month. I knew about the pickets, the posters, the religious extremists lobbying to retain laws branded cruel and degrading by the UN. But I remained largely ignorant when it came to the messy, bloody, psychological and emotional reality of this procedure.

Continued at source: http://www.thenational.scot/comment/15565150.Shona_Craven__Access_to_safe_abortion_must_be_accepted_as_a_human_right__no_ifs_or_buts/

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Abortion should not be a crime, say Britain’s childbirth doctors

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Abortion should not be a crime, say Britain's childbirth doctors

Members of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists vote in favour of decriminalisation of abortion

Denis Campbell Health policy editor
Friday 22 September 2017

Britain’s childbirth doctors have urged ministers to scrap laws dating to Victorian times that could see a woman jailed for life for having an abortion.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) voted on Friday to support the growing demand for decriminalisation of abortion in Britain.

Its ruling council agreed to change the college’s position from neutrality on the issue to one that urges the repeal of sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Persons Act 1861.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/22/abortion-decriminalise-crime-britain-childbirth-doctors

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UK: Abortions on demand: Top medic says the rule that two doctors must sign for a termination should be scrapped

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Abortions on demand: Top medic says the rule that two doctors must sign for a termination should be scrapped

By Sophie Borland Health Editor For The Daily Mail

Published: 16 September 2017

Women should be able to terminate pregnancies with the approval of a single doctor, says one of the country’s top medical leaders.

Professor Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said abortions should be treated no differently from other medical procedures – including something as simple as removing a bunion.

She called for abortions to be decriminalised and made much more freely available.

Continued at source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4889942/Top-medic-calls-looser-abortion-laws.html

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UK: How has the issue of abortion affected your life?

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How has the issue of abortion affected your life?

14 August 2017
From the section Have Your Say

It's almost 50 years since abortion was legalised in Britain and we would like to hear your experiences surrounding the issue.

The 1967 Abortion Act was a bid to end life-threatening backstreet practices, that were often the only option for many women who wanted a termination.

Around the world abortion remains a personally polarising and politically divisive issue.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/40863335

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Isle of Man: Statement from Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM)

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Statement from Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM)
August 7, 2017, by LC

The Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM) is delighted that Dr Alex Allinson MHK's draft Abortion Reform Bill was published today, and that the public consultation is now underway.

Throughout our campaign we have emphasised the need for abortions to be available on the Island, particularly in the earliest stages of pregnancy, to avoid woman having to travel across at their own expense resulting in later, more invasive and more expensive procedures.

CALM is also pleased that the need for counselling has been given special mention in the draft legislation.

Our key message now is: reply to this consultation with your views.

"We know CALM's pro-choice message has been heard loud and clear across the Isle of Man," says CALM's Samantha Morris, "and now is your chance to have your say. Please read the draft Bill and respond to the consultation. It's not very long and it's not very complicated, but it really will help to form a unique piece of legislation written to meet the needs of the Island's women. If you don't respond, then you don't have a voice."

The draft Abortion Reform Bill and consultation can be found at: https://consult.gov.im/office-of-the-clerk-of-tynwald/abortion-reform-bill-2017/

Source: Manx.net: https://www.manx.net/isle-of-man-news/83681/statement-from-campaign-for-abortion-law-modernisation-calm-

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