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Trade unionists at centre of fight for abortion rights

13 May 2008
Trade union women in Scotland are at the forefront of campaigning for a woman’s right to choose.

Lobby MPs and parliament to defend abortion rights

13 May 2008
Build the lobby of parliament, 5.30pm, Tuesday 20 May, Old Palace Yard, opposite St Stephens Entrance to the House of Commons, London (Westminster tube)If your MP is holding a surgery this weekend organise a lobby of it to demand they attend the debate and vote to defend abortion rightsTrade unionists can insist on a pro-choice vote from union-sponsored MPsWrite or phone your MP to demand they defend a woman’s right to chooseOrganise an emergency meeting in your workplace or college to raise awareness of the vote and to build the lobbyHold Abortion Rights stalls in city centres and at workplacesLeaflet your workplace, hall of r

Beat back right’s attack on abortion

13 May 2008
Abortion rights in Britain are facing a serious attack over the next week and we have to defend them.

Crucial abortion vote on 20 May - mobilise for the demonstration outside parliament

08 May 2008
On Tuesday 20 May the first vote on abortion law in 18 years will take place in the House of Commons. Anti abortionists are using the Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill to table amendments that attack a woman’s right to choose – including cutting the legal time limit for abortion, imposing a compulsory "cooling off" period and counselling for women seeking abortion and removing the right of women who are carrying a foetus with severe disabilities to have access to abortion.

Why anti-abortionists want to cut the time limit

06 May 2008
A major debate on abortion will take place in the House of Commons on Monday 12 May, writes Farah Reza. Amendments to the government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill will seek to limit women’s access to abortion and MPs have been given a free vote on them.

Abortion Rights meeting debates campaign strategy

08 April 2008
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.

Men and women are not from different planets

01 April 2008
Deborah Cameron is a professor of language and communication at Oxford university.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

11 March 2008
Among the many events staged to mark International Women’s Day last week was the Capital Woman conference in London. The highlight of the event was a speech by the black revolutionary Angela Davis.

The struggles and retreats of the 1980s

11 March 2008
By the late 1970s the Women’s Liberation Movement (WLM) was in decline on both sides of the Atlantic.

Labour allows ‘free vote’ on abortion time limit

04 March 2008
Attacks on abortion rights are set to continue as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill heads back to the House of Commons.

The rising women's liberation movement in the radical 1960s

04 March 2008
It is hard to imagine just how different the world was for women before the 1960s.

Protests at anti-abortion meetings

19 February 2008
There were two lively protests against Tory MP Ann Widdecombe’s anti-abortion tour last week.

London protest stands up to anti-abortion bigots

12 February 2008
Around 400 pro-choice protesters staged a loud and lively picket of Tory MP Ann Widdecombe’s anti-abortion meeting in London on Wednesday of last week.

400 picket Ann Widdecombe's London anti-abortion meeting

07 February 2008
Around 400 pro-choice protesters staged a loud and lively picket of Tory MP Ann Widdecombe’s anti-abortion meeting in London yesterday. She is speaking around Britain on her "Passion for Life" tour – which focuses on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill currently in parliament.

Juno: a pregnancy dilemma that’s too easy to solve

05 February 2008
Juno is a 16 year old who falls pregnant after deciding to lose her virginity. She is then faced with the choice of keeping the baby, having an abortion or giving it up for adoption.

How women won the vote in Britain

05 February 2008
On 6 February 1918 women in Britain first got the vote. Ninety years later, it is useful to consider the lessons of this struggle.

The dates of Ann Widdecombe's anti-abortion speaking tour

29 January 2008

Pro-choice activists demonstrate against Ann Widdecombe in Glasgow

29 January 2008
In light of anticipated attacks on the Abortion Act of 1967 and an imminent visit from Ann Widdecombe to our university union as part of her "Passion For Life" tour, we organised a public meeting on Abortion: A Woman’s Right to Choose. Over 30 people turned up and out of this we built a picket of well over 100 to protest against the Widdecombe meeting.

Abortion rights: protests defend right to choose

29 January 2008
Campaigners in Glasgow gave the campaign to defend abortion rights a fantastic boost last week with a young and lively protest against Tory MP Ann Widdecombe.

Bigots’ anti-abortion tour faces tough opposition

22 January 2008
Tory MP Ann Widdecombe is set to take part in an anti-abortion speaking tour across Britain in an effort to marshal opponents of a woman’s right to choose. She will face strong opposition everywhere she goes.

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