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15 November 2017

TV review: Abortion on Trial - hard-hitting look at impact of 1967 act

Abortion on Trial is a hard-hitting, personal and political look at the 1967 Abortion Act. Eight women, who had all had abortions, and one man were invited to discuss their experiences

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25 October 2017

1967 Abortion Act reflected social changes

Fight for the right to choose when and whether to have children: Fifty years ago the 1967 Abortion Act was signed into law - where are women's rights today?

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5 July 2017

Weakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

Thursday 29 June 2017 saw a significant step forward for women in Northern Ireland (NI). Funding to cover the financial costs for them to access abortions in England was pledged by the Tory minority government

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23 November 2016

Ireland: repeal the 8th Amendment - fight for abortion rights

The Irish government has refused to give a second reading to a bill for a repeal referendum on restrictions to women's abortion rights. There has been a clear development of a pro-choice sentiment within society. This shows the need to develop the struggle outside parliament.

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9 November 2016

Horror of health-wrecking toil for Polish migrants

I am working as an interpreter for the NHS. I see Poles in hospitals and clinics who have problems with health. There are thousands of cases and there is no way to describe everything that I see every day.

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5 October 2016

Poland: Fighting back against anti-abortion law

A mass movement is developing in Poland against the Law and Justice-led government's reactionary bill which bans abortions. This has included demonstarions of hundreds of thousands and a women's strike on 3 October.

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7 September 2016

Women lose out in the workplace

Pregnant women and mums are "losing out" in the workplace, according to Citizens Advice. Working in the care sector, you might think women have it better. But further studies show women are still at a disadvantage in female-dominated workplaces.

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9 December 2015

Northern Ireland: movement needed for abortion rights

On 30 November, in a landmark case, Belfast High Court ruled that Northern Ireland's archaic abortion laws contravene human rights and that terminations should be permitted in cases of fatal foetal abnormality and where pregnancy is the result of sexual crime.

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10 July 2013

Privileged perks for Kate and Wills... Maternity cuts for us!

The Finland government has generously sent Kate and Wills one of the maternity 'boxes' given to all expectant mothers in Finland since the 1930s, writes Suzanne Beishon

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1,000 people joined a lively Abortion Rights Campaign protest opposite Parliament , photo Leah Jones and Anna Engelhardt

1,000 people joined a lively Abortion Rights Campaign protest opposite Parliament , photo Leah Jones and Anna Engelhardt

28 March 2012

Abortion - defend and extend the right to choose

Shona McCulloch looks at the tactics of right-wing opponents of abortion rights and of choice, and how best to safeguard women's hard-won gains...

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6 July 2011

Time to defend abortion rights... again

The 1967 Abortion Act legalised abortion in Britain and went a long way in freeing working class women from dangerous and often deadly 'backstreet' abortion techniques - but not in Northern Ireland where the act has never been implemented, writes Shona McCulloch, Brighton Socialist Party.

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Picket of Tory MP Ann Widdecombe's anti-abortion meeting 6 February 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

Picket of Tory MP Ann Widdecombe's anti-abortion meeting 6 February 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

1 June 2011

New attacks on women's sexual and reproductive rights

Women's sexual and reproductive rights have taken quite a beating in recent weeks. The latest assault comes at the hands of Tory MP and education minister Michael Gove, writes Beth Granter.

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26 November 2008

Defend abortion rights

Protesting outside parliament in October 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

Protesting outside parliament in October 2008, photo Paul Mattsson

The 1967 Abortion Act made abortion legal and safe and available on the NHS. It was an important reform won by women demanding the right to have control over their own bodies, writes Elaine Brunskill, Socialist Party national committee.

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19 November 2008

Sacked for being pregnant!

Every year 30,000 women lose their job as a result of becoming pregnant. Employers often give other reasons. The Socialist spoke to a south London worker, sacked as soon as she announced her pregnancy...

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8 June 2006

Pregnancy discrimination: Bosses show their dirty tricks

THIRTY YEARS ago, the 1975 Sex Discrimination gave legal protection to pregnant women. Under current legislation it's automatically unfair to dismiss someone or for them to suffer any other detriment because they're pregnant, A Citizen's Advice Bureau worker writes from north London.

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25 October 2002

35 years after the Abortion Act: For A Real Right To Choose

THE 1967 Abortion Act, which legalised abortion on social grounds as well as purely health grounds, was a big step forward in women's struggle for reproductive rights - for the right to end an unwanted pregnancy, writes Eleanor Donne.

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