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Abortion on demand campaign launched
A campaign has been launched by Women’s Equality Party for abortion to be removed from the justice statutes and decriminalised. The party believes that abortion should be made a sexual health and human rights issue and that the law, established in 1861, where a life sentence can be handed down for having an abortion without the consent of two doctors, should be abolished. The removal of sections 58 and 59 of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act would decriminalise abortions for any reason up to 24 weeks of pregnancy.
Labour MP Diana Johnson will present her ten-
Fiorella Nash from SPUC (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) has commented saying "The Women's Equality Party's abortion fundamentalism is rather at odds with its claim that 'we stand for every woman, and we start by listening'. Perhaps the Women's Equality Party could start by listening to the views of women who see abortion for what it is: a barbaric procedure which exploits women and destroys innocent life. The fight for full equality for women is far from over, but abortion is a symptom of the continuing injustices faced by women not a sign of empowerment." (As quoted by SPUC)
Over 1000 midwives, maternity support workers and student midwives have signed a letter to RCM (Royal College of Midwives) calling for their Board to withdraw RCM's support for this abortion-