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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.

5 November 2014

Thinking beyond the abortion law

At meeting at the House of Commons on 16 October 2014, doctors, lawyers and others working in abortion care began a new campaign for reform of Britain’s antiquated abortion law. Jennie Bristow reports.

22 October 2014

Abortion is safe, and it should be as available as easily as contraception

The time has come to decriminalise it altogether, writes Ann Furedi in the Independent.

7 October 2014

Regulating abortion in Britain - time to move on from the criminal law?

BPAS will be hosting a meeting at the Houses of Parliament on 16 October, to discuss the possibilities for decriminalising abortion and regulating it like other healthcare procedures.

17 June 2014

Commentary: Why the UK doesn’t need an abortion law at all

Joyce Arthur shares the experience of Canada, where abortion was decriminalised a quarter of a century ago.

12 June 2014

Four good reasons for Britain to decriminalise abortion altogether

The most recent national abortion statistics confirm that abortion is integrated into public health policy, and provided safely and effectively to women who continue to need it. So why do we still have a criminal law?

29 November 2012

Comment: Savita Halappanavar’s death, and Ireland’s law

In time, we will come to have a legally authoritative account of events surrounding this tragedy. For the moment, two different kinds of explanation for the non-performance of the termination seem possible, writes Ruth Fletcher, senior lecturer in law at Keele University.

7 October 2012

UK: ‘Abortion: The case for decriminalisation’

In a film for the online Citizen TV channel WORLDbytes, Ellie Lee explains why a liberal position on abortion would mean removing it from the criminal statute.

2 October 2012

Australia: Decriminalisation of abortion performed by qualified health practitioners

The background to, and the structure of, the Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 (Vic) is examined, with a focus on conscientious objection clauses and liability in the tort of negligence and the tort of breach of statutory duty. From the Journal of Law and Medicine.

22 March 2012

Commentary: The Abortion Act’s paternalism belongs to the 1960s

Women, not doctors, should decide whether they need an abortion, writes Sally Sheldon in the Guardian.

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