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Women and the struggle for socialism, photo Suzanne Beishon

10 December 2012

Socialist Women plan campaigning for 2013

On 5 and 6 January a Socialist Party national women's meeting will take place. In the lead up to this two regions of the Socialist Party report on similar meetings they have organised

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21 November 2012

Tragic death of Savita Halappanavar

Action needed to allow access to abortion in Ireland: On Sunday 28 October Savita Halappanavar, a 31 year old woman from India, died in Galway University Hospital in Ireland, writes Rita Harrold, Socialist Party (CWI in Ireland) and pro-choice activist.

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19 November 2012

Abortion rights letter being handed to Irish embassy, Wednesday

The following letter, signed by Socialist Party members including several leading trade unionists, will be handed to the Irish embassy in London (17 Grosvenor Place) at 9am Wednesday morning as part of an international day of action for abortion rights in Ireland...

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Protesting against Ireland's abortion laws outside the Irish embassy in London, 14.11.12, photo by N Cafferky

16 November 2012

Pro-choice protests continue following Savita death

Following the tragic death in Ireland of Savita Halappanavar after being denied a medically necessary abortion of a miscarrying foetus, protests are continuing worldwide

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10 October 2012

Politicians line up to attack abortion rights

Defend and extend the right to choose: Many women will have felt chilled at Jeremy Hunt's comments that he would back the time limit on abortions being halved from 24 to just 12 weeks, writes Elaine Brunskill.

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20 April 2012

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Pro choice protest in Wales against Ann Widdecombe, photo Dave Reid

Pro choice protest in Wales against Ann Widdecombe, photo Dave Reid

18 April 2012

Pro-choice action in Worthing

Abort67 is an anti-choice group that draws its name from its opposition to the 1967 Abortion Act. They claim to be 'providing information' to women outside family planning clinics where abortions take place

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11 April 2012

Them & Us

Open the books!: Nearly one-in-four books sold in Britain are bought from Amazon.co.uk - the company has made 7.6 billion of sales here in the last three years...

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4 April 2012

Pro-choice London protest

Socialist Party members joined other pro-choice protesters in central London on 30 March as a show of strength against a reactionary 'prayer vigil' stunt taking place outside a British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas) abortion clinic, writes Sarah Wrack.

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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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N30 - Millions strike back at Con-Dem government on 30 November 2011, photo by Paul Mattsson

N30 - Millions strike back at Con-Dem government on 30 November 2011, photo by Paul Mattsson

7 March 2012

International Women's Day 2012

Women, capitalism and the cuts: International Women's Day 2012 falls against the backdrop of ever more cuts being imposed by the coalition, writes Alicia Blackett.

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8 February 2012

Tory policies hit women hardest

Louise Mensch, a rich, privileged Tory MP, is trying desperately to reinvent her party as supporters of feminism, writes Helen Ridett.

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7 September 2011

Reject health bill attacks on abortion

The last couple of weeks has seen to-ing and fro-ing from all wings of the political establishment over Nadine Dorries and Frank Field's amendment to the Health and Social Care bill, writes Sarah Wrack.

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31 August 2011

Fast News

Mea Culpa: US investor Warren Buffett has ruffled the feathers of his fellow billionaires by demanding they pay more taxes...

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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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27 April 2011

News in brief

Torture camp: The latest tranche of WikiLeaks documents covering prisoners at the US base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reveals what has long been suspected, ie that many of those incarcerated were completely innocent people, not terrorists...

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5 April 2011

Austria: Success In Defending Women's Right To Abortion

AN IMPORTANT case in defending women's right to abortion was won on 10 July at the end of a lower court trial, writes Claudia Sorger, Socialist Left Party, Austria.

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30 June 2010

Fast news

Oil plans: WITH BP's oil spill disaster continuing to pollute the Gulf of Mexico, executives of the big five oil companies - BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips and Shell - recently appeared in front of a US Congressional hearing to defend their oil spill response plans...

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21 April 2010

Cameron turns back clock on women's rights

DAVID CAMERON'S comments on abortion last week underlined the danger of increased attacks on women's rights if the Tories win the general election...

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