Socialist Worker


Issue No. 1671

ABOUT 50 people attended a counter-demonstration to face down an annual anti-abortion commemoration in Glasgow last week. The anti-abortion 'vigil', on the anniversary of the passing of the act which legalised abortion in Britain in 1967, was much smaller than in previous years. The pro-choice lobby included health workers, lecturers and students. Men joined women in with angry chants of, 'No return to the backstreet - a woman's right to choose', and, 'Not the church, not the state, women must decide their fate.'

Anti-abortionists have also been picketing a family planning clinic based at a Boots shop. Staff have been threatened and a fake foetus was posted to head office. Some 30 pro-choice demonstrators petitioned outside Boots on Sunday in support of the clinic. They outnumbered the anti-abortionists by ten to one. About 1,000 people signed the pro-choice petition, showing the overwhelming public support for a woman's right to choose.

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Sat 6 Nov 1999, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1671
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