Why We’re Campaigning To Change Abortion Law
21 October 2019
At some point in their lives, before the age of 45, one in three women will have an abortion. Just like pregnancy itself, the need to terminate one is a fact of life. More than this, being able to access safe, free and legal abortion services should you need to is acknowledged to be a basic human right for women and pregnant people.
Since 1967, abortion has been legal in England, Scotland and Wales because of the Abortion Act, a victory that was hard-fought and won by campaigners. For those of us who have grown up in Britain since, access to abortion is something we have (for the most part) been able to take for granted.
Police called in after medics attacked by anti abortion campaigners
24 FEBRUARY 2019
Police have been called in by medics attacked by pro-life abortion campaigners, as experts warn that social media has made these activists more militant.
It comes ahead of a US-backed campaign that will see vigils held outside 10 UK clinics over the period of lent, for 12 hours a day.
England Plans to Approve Home Use of Abortion Medication
"This decision by the government will enable tens of thousands of women each year to complete their treatment in the comfort and privacy of their own home," said Richard Bentley, managing director at Marie Stopes UK.
Aug 27, 2018
People in England who are less than ten weeks into pregnancy will soon be able to take the second of two abortion pills at home, rather than making two trips to a clinic to take the medication — a requirement that has proven untenable and dangerous for those who live far from a clinic.
England’s policy on medication abortion will change by the end of 2018, BBC News reports. The announcement was made Saturday.
Use of second abortion pill at home to be allowed in England
Government says home use of misoprostol will be legalised by end of 2018
Sat 25 Aug 2018
Women in England are to be allowed to take the second abortion pill at home, giving them the same rights as their counterparts in Scotland and Wales.
The UK government announced on Saturday that it would legalise the home use of early medical abortion drugs by the end of the year. It comes after pressure from campaigners for England to follow in the footsteps of Scotland, which last year became the first part of the UK to introduce the option, and Wales, which announced its own plans in June.
Abortion clinic safe zone imposed by Ealing Council
10 April 2018
A buffer zone will be created at a west London abortion clinic to stop vigils being held outside the building.
Ealing councillors unanimously voted to implement a safe zone around the Marie Stopes clinic after women complained of intimidation by protesters.
The Good Counsel Network, which holds daily vigils outside the centre in Mattock Lane, denies harassing women.
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
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
Abortion clinic accused of paying staff bonuses for persuading women to terminate pregnancies
CQC report finds 'cattle market culture' where staff felt pressured to ensure women went ahead with procedures
Oct 21, 2017
A damning report has accused one of the UK’s biggest abortion providers of paying its staff bonuses for encouraging women to go through with a termination.
The allegations concerning the Maidstone branch of the Marie Stopes International clinic emerged in an inspection report by the Care Quality Commission, the official health service watchdog.
Continued at source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/abortions-marie-stopes-clinic-bonuses-persuade-women-investigation-a8012171.html
Antisocial behaviour ruling could halt anti-abortion protests outside clinics
Ealing council, in west London, votes to prevent protest as Labour MP calls for amendment to domestic violence bill to protect women visiting clinics
Jessica Elgot Political reporter
Thursday 12 October 2017
Anti-abortion protests outside clinics across the UK could be halted using antisocial behaviour legislation, a Labour MP has said, after her council took a significant decision to stop a group from approaching women at a west London clinic.
Rupa Huq MP said a “national and permanent response” was needed after Ealing councillors voted overwhelmingly this week in favour of a motion to stop the anti-abortion groups from protesting outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the borough.
Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/12/anti-social-behaviour-ruling-could-halt-anti-abortion-protests-outside-clinics
Anti-abortion protesters could be banned from standing outside Marie Stopes clinic
11 October 2017
A local authority has voted to take action to stop pro-life campaigners "intimidating and harassing" women outside an abortion clinic.
The protesters could be banned from assembling outside the clinic after councilors voted overwhelmingly to take the "ground-breaking" decision.
Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/11/anti-abortion-protesters-could-banned-standing-outside-marie/