UK: Five women at different stages of life but all made the same stark choice: to have an abortion

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Five women at different stages of life but all made the same stark choice: to have an abortion. Here they speak with utter candour about how the decision still haunts them

By Jill Foster for the Daily Mail

Published: 6 December 2017 |

Fifty years ago, the Abortion Act 1967 made it legal for a woman in Britain to terminate a pregnancy. Since then, attitudes have been transformed, with one woman in three now predicted to have a termination during her lifetime.

Yet abortion remains an emotive, rarely discussed subject.

Here, five women who have had abortions bravely tell their stories.

Continued at source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5152843/The-decision-haunts-me.html

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N.Ireland: Abortion rights charity Marie Stopes to shut Belfast clinic

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Abortion rights charity Marie Stopes to shut Belfast clinic
Clinic has been scene of anti-abortion protests since it opened in 2012

Dec 5, 2017
Amanda Ferguson

Marie Stopes UK is closing its independent clinic in Belfast on December 8th, following the British government’s move earlier this year to fund abortions for women from Northern Ireland.

In a statement, it said the decision would enable the charity to “focus its resources so that Northern Irish women can better access funded treatment in England”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/abortion-rights-charity-marie-stopes-to-shut-belfast-clinic-1.3316902

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Academic Armchair: Vulva la resistance: Dublin’s sixth march for choice

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Academic Armchair: Vulva la resistance: Dublin’s sixth march for choice
Nov 27, 2017
by Devin Thomas

In this week’s edition of the Academic Armchair we talked with Ben Kasstan, Research Fellow in Social Anthropology at Sussex, about a recent article written for Huffington Post, as well as a follow-up blog post for Sussex’s Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies & Health. Presenting his opinions on the importance of the upcoming 2018 vote over women’s reproductive rights and the protesters on both sides of the issue, Ben explores the context and potential outcomes of the referendum in his article. We talked with him to see why Sussex students should care as much about the issue as he does…

Ben mentions in his article that young voters made up the majority of pro-life and pro-choice demonstrators he saw while in Ireland.

We kicked off our interview by asking him why he feels young people are so active regarding this issue on both sides, and what this might mean.

Continued at source: http://thebadgeronline.com/2017/11/academic-armchair-vulva-la-resistance-dublins-sixth-march-choice/

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UK: Remove risk of jail for having an abortion, demand 16,000 medics

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Remove risk of jail for having an abortion, demand 16,000 medics
Kat Lay Health Correspondent

November 23 2017

Abortion in the UK should be fully decriminalised, a group of medical professionals will say today in a landmark move.

The country faces a “crisis point in abortion provision” and reform of the law is needed, the president of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, which represents 16,000 GPs, specialists, nurses and midwives, will warn.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/remove-risk-of-jail-for-having-an-abortion-demand-16-000-medics-fkvgnnl2x

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UK: Abortion is still illegal in this country

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Abortion is still illegal in this country
Fifty years after the Abortion Act, women are still dying from being denied basic services, write activists from Feminist Fightback

November 15, 2017

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act, activists from Feminist Fightback found ourselves dressed as flight attendants, transforming the London Overground into the cabin of an Abortion Airlines Boeing 67. We distributed our own version of inflight safety cards and presented a special inflight safety announcement, advising passengers that ‘the exits…lead to an unsafe backstreet abortion and possible death…please assume the brace position for the duration of this Abortion Airlines flight”. We were met with whoops and cheers from passengers who, like us, are appalled by the fact that the Act still does not extend to the North of Ireland and that at least two people per day have to board a flight to travel to England to terminate a pregnancy. Fifty years on from the Abortion Act there are still people living in the UK denied this basic human right. This includes many migrants who, as NHS charges are introduced and health workers legally obligated to check immigration status, are deterred from accessing both abortion and maternity services.

Continued at source: http://www.redpepper.org.uk/abortion-is-still-illegal-in-this-country/

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Conference: Abortion in the British Isles, France and North America since 1800

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Abortion in the British Isles, France and North America since 1800
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Announcement published by Claire CHARLOT on Monday, November 6, 2017
Type: Call for Papers
Date: November 6, 2018 to November 8, 2018
Location: France
Subject Fields: Social History / Studies, American History / Studies, Canadian History / Studies, British History / Studies, French History / Studies

International Conference organised by the University of Paris-Sorbonne (France), 6-8 November 2018.

Conveners: Claire Charlot, Adrien Lherm (Paris-Sorbonne, HDEA EA 4086), and Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq (University François Rabelais, Tours, ICD EA 6297).

Around the world, 2018 will mark the anniversary of a series of events relating to the decriminalisation of abortion: the enforcement of the UK Abortion Act 1967 (50 years), the US Supreme Court ruling of Roe vs. Wade (45 years), and the Canada Supreme Court ruling of R. v. Morgentaler (25 years). The Republic of Ireland is also planning a referendum on the possible repeal of Article 8 of its Constitution which, if approved, would lead to the decriminalisation of abortion there too. In addition, shortly after the British General Election of 2017, Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced that women from Northern Ireland (currently excluded from the British Abortion Act) would be allowed to travel to mainland Britain to secure an abortion on the National Health Service.

Continued at source: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/748433/abortion-british-isles-france-and-north-america-1800

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UK: Why David Steel’s Abortion Act means so much to me – a reflection on its 50th Anniversary

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Why David Steel’s Abortion Act means so much to me – a reflection on its 50th Anniversary
By Caroline Macdonald
Fri 27th October 2017

Today is an important day. We, as Liberals, need to remember that 50 years ago, on this day, the Abortion Act came into being.

Why is this important? I know many people, especially disabled people, feel a real conflict about this legislation. There are issues to consider here, not least with regard to the concept of gender selective abortion and I would urge people to look at MP voting records on this important topic.

Continued at source: https://www.libdemvoice.org/my-personal-stake-in-david-steels-abortion-act-55672.html

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The hypocrisy surrounding Northern Ireland’s abortion ban shames us all

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The hypocrisy surrounding Northern Ireland’s abortion ban shames us all

Barbara Davidson
Friday October 27th 2017

This week the 1967 Abortion Act marked its fiftieth anniversary. While women in England, Scotland and Wales reflect on fifty years of reproductive rights, women in Northern Ireland have no reason for celebration.

Instead, women from Northern Ireland were in the Supreme Court this week, as judges heard a case on whether our abortion laws amount to a breach of human rights law.

Continued at source: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/comment/hypocrisy-surrounding-northern-irelands-abortion-ban-shames-us/

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UK: Fifty years on, the Abortion Act should be celebrated – and updated

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Fifty years on, the Abortion Act should be celebrated – and updated
Wendy Savage
It was – and still is – landmark legislation for women. But some aspects are not fit for purpose in the 21st century

Friday 27 October 2017

Today is the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, a groundbreaking piece of legislation that allowed doctors in Great Britain to perform abortions lawfully so long as certain conditions were met. Doctors were given the responsibility of deciding if a woman met the conditions laid down by the act. The act has achieved its objective of eliminating deaths from illegal abortion and this fact – and the relief of millions of women who faced an unwanted pregnancy – should be celebrated.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/27/50-years-abortion-act-law-women

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UK: ‘They called me a silly girl’: Abortion stories from real women, aged 24 to 86

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'They called me a silly girl': Abortion stories from real women, aged 24 to 86

Radhika Sanghani
27 October 2017

Exactly 50 years ago today, the 1967 Abortion Act was passed. It meant that for the first time in Britain, a woman could legally have an abortion without facing life imprisonment in jail.

Millions of women have been able to have abortions since then, with one in three women today expected to have a termination in their lifetime. Last year, 190,406 abortions were carried out in England and Wales - a relatively constant figure over the last few years - on women aged 15-44.

Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/called-silly-girl-abortion-stories-real-women-aged-24-86/

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