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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.

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.

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

29 January 2008

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.

Simone de Beauvoir: fighting for change

22 January 2008
This month marks the centenary of the birth of Simone de Beauvoir, the French writer and philosopher. She is best known for her feminist classic The Second Sex and her famous declaration, "One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman."

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.

Fighting for abortion rights

15 January 2008
Abortion rights campaigners are preparing to resist any attempts to restrict a woman’s right to choose. Amendments to the government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill threaten to restrict abortion rights for women in Britain.

Sinners, Scroungers, Saints: Lone Mothers Past And Present

17 December 2007
Single mothers are for many one of the last acceptable scapegoats for society’s ills. They are blamed for everything from hogging council flats to creating "yob culture", and frequently portrayed as a morally degenerate and selfish group that we would all be better off without.

Lords attempt to restrict abortion

11 December 2007
The first shots in a battle to roll back women’s rights to abortion have been fired in the House of Lords.

Crucial battle to defend women’s abortion rights

27 November 2007
A new fight to defend abortion rights has begun.

Oppression lies behind the low rape conviction rates

20 November 2007
Tory leader David Cameron last week used the low conviction rate for rape as an excuse to condemn the "moral collapse" of British society. This is the latest way that Cameron has tried to tap into a feeling of social crisis.

Mobilise to defend abortion rights

20 November 2007
The Human Tissue and Embryology Bill had its second reading in the House of Lords on Monday of this week. The bill has opened up the possibility of the law on abortion being amend.

STUC women’s conference moves to defend abortion rights

13 November 2007
The Scottish TUC women’s Conference this week in Glasgow Glasgow heard strong speeches on abortion rights.

Abortion in Northern Ireland: access denied

30 October 2007
There are proposals to use the Human Tissue and Embryology Bill – which will be put before parliament in the next few months – to amend the Abortion Act and finally extend it to Northern Ireland.

Abortion rights – 40 years on

23 October 2007
Forty years ago this weekend the 1967 Abortion Act was passed in Britain.

Abortion: no return to the backstreets

23 October 2007
In 1966, the year before abortion was legalised, around 4,000 women in Britain died trying to end a pregnancy that they did not want, could not afford, or could not cope with.

Material Girls: women, men and work

03 July 2007
Today, women are working in unprecedented numbers, have broken their chains to the home, thrown out the traditional "feminine" roles, and have choices that our grandmothers couldn’t have imagined.

Women’s rights still to be won

10 March 2007

Launch of modern abortion law campaign

10 March 2007
Over 100 abortion rights campaigners gathered near Westminster last Saturday. It was the launch of a year of celebrations of 40 years since the 1967 Abortion Act, and the beginning of a campaign for a modern abortion law.

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