UK: Victorian abortion law ‘breaches human rights’

Women’s Equality leader calls for decriminalisation as party is set to gather for its first conference

Tracy McVeigh

Sunday 20 November 2016

A campaign to push for abortion to be removed from the justice statutes and decriminalised is to be launched this month by the country’s newest political party.

Sophie Walker, leader of the non-partisan Women’s Equality party, said it was time that abortion was made a sexual health and human rights issue, rather than left languishing under “Victorian criminal law”, where a life prison sentence still exists for procuring a termination. This is a flagship policy for the party, which will hold its first conference in Manchester next weekend. It hopes that with pressure from its supporters, other political parties will take up the issue.

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Source: The Guardian