Hundreds of pro-choice protesters took on anti-abortion bigots in central London last week.
Those who want to take away a woman’s right to choose get a lot of media attention. They include members of the political establishment and leading Tories.
But their influence is bigger than what they really represent.
The truth is that the bigots are a minority. And the size and militancy of last week’s protest showed that people are prepared to take them on.
Right wingers oppose abortion rights because they don’t like the idea of ordinary women having control over their lives. Time and time again, they try to undermine abortion rights.
So we see Tory health secretary Andrew Lansley ordering more inspections of abortion clinics.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has warned that such politicisation of abortion will deter some doctors from working in abortion services. This could have a serious impact on women’s ability to access abortion.
Some argue that abortion is a “difficult issue”. But it wasn’t difficult for the pro-choice protesters—or for the millions who agree with them.
Abortion is a medical procedure. Providing legal, safe abortion allows women to exercise control over their bodies and their lives. That’s why socialists have always been at the forefront of defending it.