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As part of a Women’s Season of programmes, Yeti Television are making a documentary for BBC Wales about Abortion and the 1967 Abortion Act. ‘Beyond the Backstreet’ will tell the story of how the fight for safe & legal abortion was won in the 1960s and explore the desperate measures women were forced into before the act was passed. We also envisage bringing the story up to date and looking at how attitudes have changed – or not – in the past fifty years. We are currently researching and developing the documentary and looking to talk to women who would be willing […]
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The historic 1967 Abortion Act is 50 years old this month, yet this fundamental part of women’s health care continues to be a fiercely contested issue. There are still politicians who want to turn back the clock and win support for complete opposition to all abortions in any circumstances. Tory MP Jacob Rees Mogg declared this as his view only last month, although his position was swiftly undermined by revelations that he profits from shares in a pharmaceutical company that produces abortion pills. Rees Mogg’s desire to deny women any rights to legal abortion is a minority one in Britain. […]
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An announcement by Justine Greening, Minister for Women and Equalities, on 29 June indicated that Northern Irish women will no longer have to pay to access terminations in England. Motivated by the proposed amendment of backbench Labour MP, Stella Creasy, the government avoided a vote in the Commons on the issue and declared instead that they will pay for Northern Irish women who travel to mainland UK for abortions. Such an announcement is to be welcomed. Northern Ireland was never covered by the 1967 Abortion Act which allows for terminations in England, Scotland and Wales. Although there has been a […]
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International Women’s Day seems a suitable time to publicize the campaign to decriminalize abortion in the United Kingdom. In February 2016 BPAS the leading charitable abortion organization in the UK launched their campaign “We Trust Women” to scrap cruel and archaic abortion laws. Many people do not realize that under the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act (OAPA), abortion remains a criminal offence unless the criteria set out in the 1967 Abortion Act are followed. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) decision in October 2013 not to prosecute two doctors caught up in the Daily Telegraph ‘sting’ operation in February […]
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A new study of people attending abortion clinics finds that the presence of anti-abortion activists outside these clinics represents a significant source of distress for women seeking an abortion – even where the conduct of anti-abortion activists is itself peaceful and polite. The study, carried out by Dr Graeme Hayes and Dr Pam Lowe of Aston University, analyses comments made to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) by patients of their clinics between 2011 and April this year. It concludes that even where activists are peaceful and polite, the impact this has on those attending the clinics is significant. The […]
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