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BHA and BPAS jointly call for the end to global restrictive abortion laws at the UN Human Rights Council

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), in a joint statement with British Humanist Association (BHA) has spoken out against restrictive abortion laws as part of the 32nd regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Katherine O’Brien, Media and Public Policy Manager, commented:

"Laws which restrict abortion do not stop women ending pregnancies they feel unable to continue, but they do put women's health and lives at risk. One in three women will have an abortion in their lifetime. These women deserve care and compassion – not criminalisation. It is unacceptable that in 2016, women in the UK – and many other countries – can still face imprisonment for inducing their own miscarriage, and that women are being prosecuted under our archaic abortion laws. We urge all governments to decriminalise abortion and ensure that this essential aspect of healthcare is as accessible as possible."  

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About bpas
bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.