Solidarity with the Derry Three

Voice for Choice stands in solidarity with the three Derry women who handed themselves into the police yesterday, to provoke a discussion on the injustice of Northern Ireland’s prohibitive abortion law. Chair of Voice for Choice, Lisa Hallgarten said: ‘This action captures the growing frustration with the Northern Ireland government for failing to reform its punitive abortion … Continued

Decriminalisation – midwifery & time limits

The Royal College of Midwives decided to support the campaign to decriminalise abortion. This has generated debate in some papers, with commentators claiming that abortion is incompatible with midwifery. The following statement from the RCM and article from its Chief Executive Cathy Warwick sets out the reason that supporting decriminalisation is consistent with existing RCM … Continued

Abortion Rights statement on campaign for abortion access in Scotland, December 2015

See statement on the Abortion Rights website Abortion Rights is the national pro-choice campaign, working to defend and extend women’s rights and access to free, safe, legal abortion. We oppose any attack on the 1967 Abortion Act, whilst also arguing for the improvements which would allow women to make their own reproductive decisions without legal … Continued

High Court rules Northern Ireland abortion prohibition in breach of human rights

Voice for Choice welcomes the judgment in the High Court in Belfast today that abortion law in Northern Ireland breaches the European Convention on Human Rights by prohibiting abortion for fatal fetal abnormality and pregnancies that result from rape or incest. Alliance for Choice said ‘We welcome the increased access to abortion for women in Northern Ireland, in … Continued

Abortion law Scotland

Following the news that the UK government have confirmed that abortion law will be devolved to Scotland, two motions have been lodged at the Scottish Parliament (currently in recess) regarding abortion rights. One motion is for abortion rights and the other is very much against them. What can you do? i) please write to your MSPs … Continued

Medical abortion: fact check

An individual has recently been prosecuted and imprisoned for illegally selling mifepristone in London. We think it is important to clarify some facts about abortion in the UK that were missed in reporting of this case. These include: Women living in England, Scotland and Wales can access abortion free and do not need to seek … Continued

Voice for Choice Statement on the defeat of Bruce amendment

We welcome the decision by MPs to reject the amendment to the Serious Crime Bill proposed by Fiona Bruce. The amendment was rejected by 292 votes to 201. MPs who spoke against the amendment were clear that: they don’t want to criminalise vulnerable women they don’t want to remove choice from families at risk of having … Continued

A digest of useful articles on the sex selection bill

Criminalising sex-selective abortions would be a terrible idea for women Ann Furedi, Independent   Even If ‘Gendercide’ Is a Major Issue, Is Criminalising Women and Doctors Really the Answer? Charlotte England, Vice   A vote to criminalise gender-selective abortion will be a disaster for women Rebecca Schiller, Comment is Free, The Guardian   MPs must … Continued

Briefings on sex selective abortion amendment

End Violence Against Women statement on Bruce amendment ARC & GUAK briefing Southall Black Sisters and CSS statement on sex selection amendment Why IKWRO oppose the proposed amendments to the Serious Crime Bill Voice for Choice Email to MPs VFC briefing on sex selection RCOG briefing on sex selective amendment The wrong way to stop sex … Continued

CQC inspection of abortion clinics

Voice For Choice is not surprised to hear the CQC’s investigation found the vast majority of abortion services were found to be completely compliant with law and regulations. Of the cases that were found to be in breach of regulations most of these cases were of errors on forms or incomplete form filling. There is … Continued