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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:

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