Britain: Rally launches pro-choice campaign

January 25, 2008

This is an abridged statement released by British pro-choice organisation, Abortion Rights. It is supported by the Trade Union Congress (TUC), many individual trade unions, the National Union of Students and hundreds of individual members. Visit .

300 pro-choice supporters packed into national parliament on January 16 to launch campaigning to defend a woman's right to choose abortion. The launch, organised by Abortion Rights, saw a new generation of women unite with those from previous campaigns that have defeated anti-abortion attacks.

The threat to the current law hinges around anti-abortion attempts to use the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill to attack the current time limit and grounds for legal abortion.

Speakers from Parliament from all three main parties spoke, as well as from the TUC, women's, disability rights and student movements. Speakers urged supporters to begin lobbying parliamentarians, warning that well-funded abortion opponents are already active.

A protest on February 6 in London against anti-abortion MP Anne Widdecome's road show, promoting anti-abortion goals relating to the Bill, was announced.

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