Following Roe V. Wade’s overthrow in the United States, countries around the world took a closer look at abortion rights within their respective governments. Now the Women’s Equality Party UK has called on women to take action to protect their reproductive rights.
While abortion was legalized in the UK via the Abortion Act 1967, which allowed the procedure in England, Wales and Scotland for up to 28 weeks, it is only legal if two doctors agree that continuing the pregnancy would pose a risk to the woman’s mental or physical health . This law, which now allows terminations of pregnancy up to 24 weeks, has never been repealed, which means that anyone who attempts an abortion without adequate mental supervision or who follows an unregulated procedure can be prosecuted, just like anyone help him. Most women in the UK are unaware of this archaic decision as it is usually not explained to those seeking dismissal.
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As the WEP explains, the maximum penalty for terminating a pregnancy without permission is life in prison. They are therefore demanding that Prime Minister Boris Johnson and SNP First Minister Nicola Sturgeon completely decriminalize abortion to “ensure that women are in control of decisions about their own bodies”.
They encourage people to join their mass appeal to Johnson and Sturgeon to push for this basic right on Wednesday, July 6 and 1 p.m. If you want to participate, just use the number and script provided here pressure our leaders to fully decriminalize abortion in England, Scotland and Wales.