According to an inquest on Friday 26 April, “medical misadventure” caused the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar. She died on 28 October 2012 after she was denied an emergency abortion in a Galway hospital.
Rosie Woods answers frequently asked questions about the current threats to abortion rights.
Campaigners for women’s rights staged demonstrations in Dublin and all over the world in protest at the death of Savita Halappanavar.
Conservative anti-abortion zealot Nadine Dorries MP is pushing for a Parliamentary showdown on abortion time limits “in May or June next year”.
The new Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt thinks the legal time limit on abortion should be halved to 12 weeks.
The Bloomsbury Pro-Choice Alliance (BPCA) counters vigils held by 40 Days for Life and other anti-abortion groups outside the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) in Bedford Square, London.
Bedford Square, London, WC1B
This week sees the beginning of 40 Days for Life's autumn campaign. They're holding a "Kick-Off Rally" on Tuesday night at 7pm, starting off at the Bedford Square BPAS Clinic in Bloomsbury and then heading over to the Whitfield Street Marie Stopes clinic, where they'll also have a presence for the full 40 days.
Obviously, we're not going to let this go unchallenged - so we'll be there too, 7-8pm, making some noise, waving some placards, and lighting up the Square with glowsticks.
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This year in Britain we’ve seen Christian fundamentalism asserting itself.
On 28 April, the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child organised a series of “vigils” (i.e. demonstrations) against abortion in towns across the UK. They were met by pro-choice protests.
On Saturday 21 April, Feminist Fightback and other pro-choice activists tried to prevent anti-abortion extremists from marching to a Marie Stopes clinic in Woodford, Essex.