Tuesday 21st October - 5.30pm onwards
For a woman’s right to choose
Emergency protest to show the strength of pro-choice opinion ahead of the final abortion votes in Parliament
Old Palace Yard, outside Parliament, St Stephen's entrance
The protest has been called to oppose further anti-abortion attempts to drive back women's fundamental rights and support the first Parliamentary opportunity in a generation to improve the law for women and extend rights to Northern Ireland.
All pro-choice supporters welcome!
Please bring your friends, colleagues and banners
It has now been confirmed that the final votes on abortion at the Report stage of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will take place on 22nd October. The votes are expected in the afternoon. This protest has been called at short notice to ensure that MPs and the media feel the strength of pro-choice opinion ahead of these crucial votes. Please encourage your trade union, women’s group, student union or other organisation to come along.
Despite a strong vote in Parliament against restrictions in women's abortion rights on 20th May 2008, anti-abortionists will try to impose 'cooling off' delays, counselling on women and severely restrict the grounds for requesting an abortion.
40 years after the enactment of the 1967 Abortion Act, women need improved rights to end current widespread obstruction and delays when accessing services. We are supporting the calls of women in Northern Ireland for rights to be extended there.
Write to your MP
If you haven't already, now is the time to write to, email, phone or visit your MP in advance of the vote on 22nd October. A model letter and information on how to identify and contact your MP is available on the campaign website www.abortionrights.org.uk.
Join us or give a donation!
Abortion Rights is a grass roots membership based campaign that relies on the financial support of its members.
Women are relying on us
- will you help?
Please join Abortion Rights as an individual member, give a donation or affiliate your group at www.abortionrights.org.uk
or contact us at 18 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL.
18 Ashwin Street
t/f 020 7923 97 92
Abortion Rights is the UK's grassroots organisation leading the campaign
to defend and extend women's rights to abortion.
To add your support please visit our website www.abortionrights.org.uk
or add your voice to www.prochoicemajority.org.uk