By Sadie Robinson
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Abortion Rights meeting debates campaign strategy

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Members of Abortion Rights attended the group's extraordinary general meeting in central London on Saturday of last week to discuss the campaign's strategy.
Issue 2096

Members of Abortion Rights attended the group’s extraordinary general meeting in central London on Saturday of last week to discuss the campaign’s strategy.

Activists have been increasing their activity over the last few months in response to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, which is set to be debated in parliament in May.

Although the bill does not relate to abortion law, amendments are expected to the 1967 Abortion Act.

Anti-abortion campaigners have been organising to try to win support for attacks on abortion access, in particular a decrease in the legal time limit, which is currently 24 weeks.

Some at the meeting argued that there wasn’t a serious threat to abortion rights and that the campaign should focus on winning improvements to the law.

But the vast majority disagreed, arguing that although improvements should be fought for, we face an attack on the rights we have that cannot be ignored.

A motion was passed unanimously which stated that activists ‘must take account of the circumstances that the campaign confronts… We need a clear, active and broad campaign to ensure any attack is defeated.’

Abortion Rights has called a week of action beginning on 21 April, where they are encouraging people to hold meetings and organise stunts and stalls. This will be an ideal way to publicise the national lobby of parliament, which takes place on 7 May.

A show of strength from pro-choice campaigners will be vital in making sure that the attacks are defeated.

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