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Time to step up the campaign for abortion rights

30 September 2008
There is a renewed attack on abortion rights in Britain. Anti-abortionists are still trying to hijack the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill by tabling amendments attacking a woman’s right to choose.

Institutional failure over rape compensation

12 August 2008
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) has been reducing the amount of compensation it gives to rape victims by up to 25 percent if it judges that the woman was drunk when she was raped.

Commons vote on abortion delayed

16 July 2008
New Labour has announced that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, due to be debated and voted on in the Commons this week, will be delayed until the autumn.

Abortion: a chance to improve women’s rights

08 July 2008
After successfully beating back a parliamentary attack on abortion rights in May, activists now have a chance to improve abortion law.

We can extend abortion rights

17 June 2008
We finally have an opportunity to extend abortion rights in Britain. Amendments have been put to the government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill that seek to increase access to abortion services.

Equal pay: the fight 40 years on

03 June 2008
Forty years ago this week a strike for better pay by women machinists at Ford’s Dagenham plant began. Their fight thrust women’s demands for equal pay with men to the centre stage.

Ford machinists’ strike, 1968: an inspiring demand for women’s rights

03 June 2008
Some 850 women sewing-machinsts at Ford Dagenham in east London struck against sex discrimination in their job grading on 7 June 1968.

How union-sponsored MPs betrayed their backers in abortion vote

27 May 2008
Three senior cabinet ministers – Ruth Kelly, Des Browne and Paul Murphy – voted to cut the time limit for legal abortions to just 12 weeks, the lowest limit stipulated in any amendment tabled last week. All three are sponsored by trade unions that are affiliated to the Abortion Rights campaign.

Embryology bill vote defeats threat to women’s rights

27 May 2008
Pro-choice activists won a significant victory on Tuesday last week when amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill that sought to lower the legal time limit for abortion were defeated.

Attack on abortion rights pushed back

21 May 2008
Attempts to limit women’s access to abortion were defeated on Tuesday evening. Anti-abortionists had tried to hijack the government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill by putting various amendments that would restrict a woman’s right to choose – including cutting the current 24-week time limit to between 12 and 22 weeks and forcing pregnant women to undergo compulsory counselling.

Crucial vote on abortion is about women’s rights

20 May 2008
Key amendments to the government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill – which include the biggest attacks on abortion rights for 18 years – were being debated as Socialist Worker went to press.

Abortion is a political issue, not a moral one

20 May 2008
Thanks to Gordon Brown’s pandering to the bigots inside his own cabinet, Labour MPs had a free vote on anti-abortion amendments put to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in parliament this week.

Why a foetus can’t feel pain

13 May 2008
The efforts to reduce the upper limit for an abortion from 24 to 20 weeks have focused, in part, on the possibility of the foetus feeling pain after 20 weeks.

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.

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