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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 February 2008

Coventry protests at Widdecombe's attacks

ON 13 February, Anne Widdecombe's 'Not on Your Life' tour arrived at Coventry Cathedral. Widdecombe and her group of anti-abortion politicians aim to get support for amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill going through parliament. These amendments would attack women's hard-won right to legal abortion.

Fiona Pashazadeh, Coventry West Socialist Party.

Around 60 pro-choice campaigners gathered with banners and placards, chanting slogans at those attending, to show them there is opposition to their right-wing agenda. Among these campaigners were students, trade unionists and socialists.

In a rally after the meeting, speakers emphasised the need to continue campaigning against all attempts to erode a woman's right to choose when and whether to have children.

Coventry Socialist Party member Judy Griffiths, a local CWU branch secretary, linked the struggle for women's rights with the need for decent housing, education and a well-funded, public health service.

Socialist Party members leafleted the demo and passers-by and had some good discussions about defending women's right to choose and the connections this has to fighting for improvements in our day-to-day lives.

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