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bpas comment on proposed judicial review of the 1967 Abortion Act

A bpas spokesperson said, 

“BPAS opposes any attempt to stop women from making their own decisions about whether or not to continue a pregnancy. That is why we have long believed that abortion should not be governed by the criminal law but by medical law which would enable women and their doctors to come to a decision about their pregnancy without having to meet specific legal criteria.

“This Judicial Review seeks to expand the circumstances under which both a woman and the doctors, nurses, and midwives who care for her can face criminal sanctions for ending a pregnancy. The only possible outcome of its success would be to further curtail women’s abilities to make decisions about their own pregnancies in the most challenging circumstances imaginable. Equality and discrimination is not fought by criminalising those in the most difficult of circumstances – and certainly not by placing the burden of societal equality on the shoulders of individual women who are only trying to make the best decision for their families. There is no contradiction between doing all we can to ensure the rights of people with disabilities while protecting women’s ability to make their own decisions in pregnancy.”


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About bpas

bpas is a charity which sees almost 100,000 women a year for reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. BPAS also runs the Centre for Reproductive Research and Communication, which seeks to develop and deliver a research agenda that furthers women’s access to evidence-based reproductive healthcare, driven by an understanding of women’s perspectives and needs. You can find out more here: https://www.bpas.org/get-involved/centre-for-reproductive-research-communication/