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Tories prepare for new assault on abortion law

Issue No. 2103

Many anti-abortionists are hoping for a Tory victory in a future general election in the belief that a David Cameron‑led government will back an renewed attack on abortion rights.

Nearly 70 percent of Tory MPs voted to cut the limit to 22 weeks, with 60 percent voting for 20 weeks.

John Redwood, one of the Tory MPs who voted to cut the limit to 20 weeks, raised the possibility that a private members bill could be brought in under the Tories to cut the time limit.

This would be a disaster for women and would be contrary to public opinion. A recent poll showed that 83 percent of people in Britain support a woman’s right to choose.

A strong campaign for abortion rights – which built on networks of trade unionists, students and activists across the country – was a key element in beating back the attack this time.

But the war is not over.

Pro-choice activists will need to continue building campaigns in every locality in the coming weeks and months to defend a woman’s right to control their own bodies.

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