Emergency protest— as MPs vote on women’s abortion rights
Tuesday 20 May, 5.30pm
Old Palace Yard, outside Parliament — opposite St. Stephen’s Entrance
Defend 24 Weeks
No reduction in abortion time limit
On Tuesday 20 May, members of parliament will debate and vote on the anti-abortion amendments to the Human Embryology and Fertilisation Bill. The key amendments aim to lower the time limit for abortion. This vote is taking place much earlier than expected and with very little notice. In the limited time available, it is vital that everyone who supports a woman’s right to choose does everything they can to show their opposition to any reduction in the time limit. Please attend this crucial protest — and encourage your trade union, women’s group, student union or other organisation to send a presence.
If you can’t get to London – find out if Abortion rights is doing
anything in your area before or on the day of the lobby and get
We say: women must come first
There is no significant scientific or medical support for any
reduction in the time limit. Yet a handful of anti-abortionists are
using downright propaganda and misinformation, hoping to intimidate and mislead MPs into attacking women’s rights. An overwhelming majority of the public supports the right to choose: MPs should uphold choice and vote down amendments by Nadine Dorries and any anti-abortion MPs.
Less than two per cent of abortions take place after 20 weeks. If
successful, a lowering of the abortion time limit would be devastating for a small number of women in difficult, unforeseeable and individual circumstances and would encourage further anti-abortion attacks.
Contrary to anti-abortion hype, research shows there has been no
increase in survival rates for births under 24 weeks. There is
opposition to any lowering of the time limit from the British Medical
Association, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, British Association of Perinatal Medicine, Royal College of Nursing, TUC and national trade unions, the Department of Health and MPs across all three major parliamentary political parties.
If you haven’t already, now is the time to write to, email, phone or visit your MP in advance of the vote on 20th May to urge them to vote against any amendment to lower the abortion
time limit. It is also important to urge them to be in the House of
Commons (unless they are not on the side of a woman’s right to choose) because May 20th will be a free vote so the main political parties will not demand people are there.
A model letter and information on how to identify and contact your MP is available on the campaign website
If you are not already a member of Abortion Rights then please
sign up now – go to www.abortionrights.org.uk.