Abortion rights

Poland: women’s rights, not church law!

Submitted by Matthew on 28 February, 2018 - 10:04 Author: Magdalena Zielinska

The ruling right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party is backing a law to further restrict abortion in Poland. Polish feminist Magdalena Zielinska spoke to Solidarity.

Currently abortion is only legal in three cases: when it is the result of rape or incest; where it threatens a women’s life; or when the foetus is sick or damaged.

This set-up is described as a “compromise”. But it is not a compromise with women: it is a compromise between the church and the state. We have church law!

Abortion rights: learning from the mobilisations of the past

Submitted by Matthew on 25 October, 2017 - 3:30

Thirty years ago, twenty years after the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act, there was a serious attempt to restrict the terms of that law. Liberal MP David Alton wanted to lower the upper limit for abortions from 28 weeks to 18.

That attempt failed but in 1990 the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act was used as a means to lower the legal limit to 24 weeks. This article from 1987 describes the campaign to stop Alton.

Left debates at Young Labour

Submitted by Matthew on 18 October, 2017 - 1:08

Around 200 delegates attended the 2017 Young Labour Policy Conference at Warwick University over the weekend of 15-15 October. In a marked change from previous years the mood of the conference was left-wing. The conference voted for free education, shrugging off the attempts of the much-reduced Blairite faction to garner support for their graduate tax policy. Likewise, the conference voted to leave NATO — a clear break from the foreign policy of recent years.

Northern Irish abortion rights vote at Young Labour policy conference AWL Mon, 10/16/2017 - 23:00

At Young Labour policy conference on 14-15 October a motion was brought which called for the extension of the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland. (See document here p31.)

Some supporters of Workers′ Liberty, as well as others we were working with, voted against this motion - not because they oppose abortion rights in Northern Ireland, obviously, but for other reasons. However, they were wrong to do so.

Repeal the 8th! Matthew Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:20

In May or June 2018 Ireland will hold a referendum on whether to repeal the near-total constitutional ban on abortion.

This is a big deal for women in Ireland. The referendum would be won against the religious right, as with the 2015 referendum which voted in favour of same-sex marriages. Recent polling shows 82% in favour of some loosening of abortion laws.