Abortion is safe, supported, and available in the UK. Why is the law so complicated?

In today’s newsletter: After Roe v Wade fell in America, this is the state of reproductive rights in the UK

Archie Bland
Mon 4 Jul 2022

The US supreme court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade ten days ago was vastly consequential for the millions of American women who will now be denied the right to an abortion – but it also reverberated around the world.

In the UK, one consequence has been a renewed focus on a legal picture here that is extremely confusing. For most women, most of the time, access to abortion in the UK is unfettered and uncontroversial, with widespread public support. And yet the blunt fact remains that abortion is still, technically, a criminal offence – and persistent exceptions and complications can be a real barrier for the women who need help the most.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jul/04/first-edition-abortion-rights-uk