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Abortion laws

8 October 2015

Abortion is still illegal in the UK, thanks to this Victorian law

Sally Sheldon, Professor of Law at the University of Kent and a founding member of Lawyers for Choice, writes on The Conversation.

18 June 2015

The regulatory cliff edge between contraception and abortion

Professor Sally Sheldon discusses the legal and moral significance of implantation.

16 June 2015

Abortion law reform in Britain 1964-2003

A personal account, by David Paintin.

4 June 2015

UK: Once-a-month pill thwarted by abortion law

A new survey conducted for British Pregnancy Advisory Service has found that 48% of women would consider a once-a-month pill to stop development of early pregnancy. But archaic abortion laws stand in its way.

20 April 2015

Northern Ireland: Abortion law change recommended in some fetal anomaly cases

A change to Northern Ireland's abortion law, allowing terminations in fatal fetal abnormality cases, has been recommended by the Justice Department.

2 April 2015

USA: Woman jailed for ‘feticide’

Purvi Patel has become the first woman to be imprisoned in America for feticide, in a case that has caused outrage worldwide.

16 March 2015

UK: Crown Prosecution Service stops private prosecutions

The CPS has stopped the private prosecutions of the two doctors charged with abortion offences following the Daily Telegraph's sting investigation into 'sex-selective' abortion.

11 March 2015

UK: ‘Back Off’ campaign leads to petition for the Prime Minister

Nearly 120,000 people have signed a petition calling on David Cameron to introduce 'buffer zones' to protect women from protesters outside abortion clinics.

24 February 2015

UK: Bruce amendment on ‘sex selective abortion’ fails in Parliament

MPs have defeated a cross-party bid to put into the law that abortion on the grounds of sex is illegal in the UK. The proposed amendment to the Serious Crime Bill was rejected by a majority of 91 votes.

23 February 2015

UK: Opposition to Bruce amendment grows

MPs are due to vote on an amendment today that would formally ban women from aborting fetuses because of their sex.

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