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23 May 2018

Youthful enthusiasm to break with repression of past

The historic referendum to repeal the eighth amendment to the Irish constitution, which equates to an almost complete ban on abortion, takes place on 25 May

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7 March 2018

Capitalism oppresses women - fight for socialism!


International Women's Day:
When the twenty first century dawned, young women in the US and much of Europe were being told that equality was within their grasp.

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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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1 November 2017

Them and us

Handouts for sexist charity v cuts to women's refuges. Big pharma sues NHS while doctors plead for medicine.

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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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12 April 2017

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including 'champagne buttons' and the 'tampon tax'.

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5 October 2016

Ireland: repeal the 8th Amendment!

Ruth Coppinger, Anti Austerity Alliance TD (MP) and Socialist Party (CWI, Ireland) member, gave a widely publicised speech in the Irish parliament on a woman's right to choose. This follows a recent historic mass demonstration in favour of abortion rights.

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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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13 July 2016

CWI in brief

Short stories on workers' struggles around the world including the fight for abortion rights in Ireland, solidarity with striking Walmart workers in China and a CWI member contesting a council seat in Brazil.

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11 May 2016

Northern Ireland elections: positive moves against sectarian politics

The Northern Ireland Assembly election was a dull and uneventful affair. The result has brought little change. Yet there were significant signs that the growing alienation from sectarianism, austerity and backward social policies is beginning to find a positive expression.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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15 October 2008

Defend and extend abortion rights

Around 300 women and trade unionists attended a meeting last week in parliament in defence of abortion rights and a woman's right to choose organised by Abortion Rights (AR)...

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28 May 2008

Women welcome abortion rights victory: Now fight to extend rights

THE VARIOUS attempts to restrict rights to abortion, via amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology bill, ended in defeat on 20 May as MPs voted to keep the status quo, writes Eleanor Donne.

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14 May 2008

Defend and extend abortion rights

No reduction in the time limit, End the two-doctor rule: On 20 May Tory MP Nadine Dorries intends to move an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill to cut the current upper limit for abortion from 24 to 20 weeks, writes Eleanor Donne, Basildon Socialist Party.

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