Global decriminalisation of abortion
An end to harassment at abortion clinics
When? Saturday 29th September, 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Where? Old Palace Yard, opposite the Houses of Parliament, London
The summer is just about over and that means the next round of ‘vigils’ outside abortion clinics is almost upon us. This autumn, the start of 40 Days for Life’s anti-choice campaign coincides with the events to mark the International Day for the Decriminalisation of Abortion – which we’ll be marking with calls for rights for women in Northern Ireland and full decriminalisation in the UK. So now’s the time to raise our voices on all these crucial issues.
What’s the problem?
- Abortion in Northern Ireland is outlawed in almost all circumstances. Women who want to terminate a pregnancy must travel to the UK or abroad to access services at great emotional and financial cost.
Women in Northern Ireland need abortion rights.
- Abortion law in England, Scotland and Wales is outdated. Although we have high quality abortion services, there is no ‘right’ to abortion. The consent of two doctors is required and each abortion must fit certain grounds.
We need full decriminalisation and abortion on request.
- There are 20 million unsafe abortions around the world every year – most of them in countries where abortion is criminalised or restricted. At least 47,000 women will die as a result and thousands more will suffer ill health.
We need worldwide decriminalisation of abortion & safe reproductive healthcare for all.
- Anti-choice campaigners are increasingly protesting outside abortion clinics – targeting individual women, causing distress and intimidation and sometimes even filming them.
Women need privacy and safety when accessing abortions. The government must commit to stopping clinic harassment.
Find info on Twitter using the hashtag #ActionOnAbortio