Socialist Worker

Stand up to the bigots' attack on a woman's right to choose

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2504

Pro-choice protesters gather to oppose anti-abortionists in London in 2012

Pro-choice protesters gather to oppose anti-abortionists in London in 2012 (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Right wing rags attacked the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) over abortion this week.

The Daily Mail railed against the “feminist union” for opposing time limits on abortion.

It found a midwife in Northern Ireland to attack the RCM. Yet abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland so any debate over time limits is irrelevant there.

The RCM backs the campaign We Trust Women, which wants to remove the abortion time limit from criminal law.

It’s absolutely right to demand women are not criminalised for trying to control their own bodies.

Currently women in Britain can access abortion services up to 24 weeks into their pregnancy.

But they have to meet certain conditions and two doctors have to agree to the abortion.

Restrictions, stigma and legal threats makes the process more difficult and stressful, particularly for vulnerable women.

The Mail claimed that without legal time limits, women would abort foetuses later “for the convenience of the mother or because they were the ‘wrong’ sex.”

This racist and sexist scaremongering has no basis in reality. It’s right to campaign to extend a woman’s right to choose.

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