We Care About Women
SPUC’s campaign against decriminalising abortion
Decriminalising abortion means:
- Taking abortion outside the law and effectively removing all legal protection for unborn children and their mothers.
- Making abortion available at any time in pregnancy and for any reason.
- Leaving women vulnerable to the unscrupulous abortion industry in our country.
- Opening up dangerous legal home abortions.
Key arguments against decriminalisation:
- Decriminalisation is completely unnecessary.
- Proposals for decriminalisation are anti-democratic.
- Abortion is not like ‘any other medical treatment’.
- Abortion is bad healthcare for women.
The threat of decriminalisation:
In March 2017 the House of Commons voted by 172 votes to 142 to permit Diana Johnson, Labour MP for Kingston upon Hull North, to introduce a bill under the Ten Minute Rule Bill procedure, calling for the decriminalisation of abortion.
Although this bill made no more progress in that Parliament, Diana Johnson has pledged to re-introduce another measure to decriminalise abortion.
Major medical bodies backing decriminalisation:
- British Medical Association
- Royal College of Midwives
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Action you can take to oppose decriminalising abortion
Have a look at the Campaigns SPUC has run in connection with this issue: