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We can extend abortion rights

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2106

We finally have an opportunity to extend abortion rights in Britain. Amendments have been put to the government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill that seek to increase access to abortion services.

They include measures to abolish the requirement for two doctors’ signatures that women currently need to access an abortion, and to allow healthcare professionals other than doctors to carry out abortions.

Such changes would be an important advance for women’s rights.

Voting on the amendments is likely to take place on 8 July although it may take place as early as 1 July.

Abortion rights activists need to mobilise now to lobby their MPs and make sure they support the amendments.

Most major trade unions in Britain are affiliated to the Abortion Rights campaign.

Yet that didn’t stop some union-sponsored MPs from trying to cut the time limit for abortion last month. Trade unionists should demand that MPs their union sponsors vote according to union policy.

Most people in Britain support abortion rights. It’s time for parliament to catch up.

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Tue 17 Jun 2008, 18:38 BST
Issue No. 2106
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