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Stop new attack on abortion rights

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2439

Tory MP Fiona Bruce has launched an attack on abortion rights.

She has tabled an amendment to the Serious Crime Bill, which is currently going through parliament. This would make it illegal to seek abortion on the grounds of sex selection.

More than 70 MPs have backed the amendment. 

They claim they are supporting women’s rights because girl foetuses are more likely to be aborted.

But this is an attempt to erode women’s rights. 

Newspapers have claimed sex selection abortion is common among Muslims because they don’t value girls. Yet the Department of Health has found no evidence of sex selection abortion in Britain. 

And the overwhelming majority of abortions take place before the sex of the foetus is known.

We should defend a woman’s right to choose—regardless of her reason. 

Activists will protest when the amendment is due to be heard. 

Abortion Rights protest, Mon 9 Feb, assemble 4pm, College Green (opposite parliament)

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Tue 3 Feb 2015, 18:33 GMT
Issue No. 2439
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