14 June 2018
Despite gains made over the last year, abortion still remains a criminal offence. Greens continue pressure for Parliament to repeal sections 58 and 59 of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, Victorian legislation which still removes women's control over their own bodies.
Greens in Republic of Ireland during the successful Referendum campaign to Repeal the 8th amendment, which effectively banned abortion
With Ireland now allowing legal access to abortion to those who need it for the first time, Green MP Caroline Lucas was one of MPs who called for an emergency debate asking when a bill will be brought by the Government to equalise access to abortion for women and others in Northern Ireland. In the rest of the UK, abortion is still a criminal offence under sections 58 and 59 of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act. Abortion is only granted in exemptions to this Act.
The Green Party has been a firm supporter of the #WeTrustWomen campaign, with its members voting to make the decriminlisation of abortion Party Policy, and Green Party Women encouraged members to use a BPAS tool to email their MP to speak at the emergency debate.
Following changes this year, those in Scotland, England and Wales having an abortion in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy will now be able to take their second pill at home, reducing the risk of miscarrying on the journey home following a clinic visit.
Speaking after the victory for women's rights campaigners in Wales, Deputy Amelia Womack said:
"This is a fantastic step for reproductive rights in Wales. Women will no longer be forced to miscarry on the bus on the way home from the doctor, they will be able to take their medication as required in the safety of their own home.
“Hopefully this will help to destigmatise abortion in Wales. We now need to review the existing UK legislation to make sure that our abortion law has trusting women at its heart."
The Green Party recognise that abortion is an issue that also affects non-binary individuals and trans men, and seeks to improve access to services for this group, as well as awareness of their needs.
Our latest campaign news
On International Women's Day 2018
1. Close Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre As women continue their hunger strike, Deputy Leader Amelia Womack was at the Home Office with protesters in solidarity.
2. Allow MPs to job-share Former Women’s Equality Spokesperson Sarah Cope and GPW Secretary Clare Lorraine Phipps were on Radio 4’s Westminster Hour talking about the campaign to increase diversity in our Parliament by allowing MPs to job-share.
3.Make misogyny a thing of the past Green Party Women are asking anyone who has worked in the third sector (now or in the past) to consider completing the Charityworks 'Sexism In The Third Sector' Survey on sexism and harassment. The research will help them understand the strengths and weaknesses of the sector, while ensuring it is open and safe for all people. Hear Green Party Women Membership Secretary RoseMary Warrington with others at the Home Office hand in of our petition to Make Misogyny a hate crime below.
4. Safeguarding reproductive rights Green Party Women are an official supporter of BPAS' 'Back Off' campaign. If you have been affected, in any way, by anti-abortion activity outside a clinic and would like to contribute to a survey of experiences you can do so here.
5.Celebrating 100 years since the UK’s first women voted While Caroline Lucas MP popped into a very special broom cupboard, Amelia and Co-Leader Jonathan Bartley MP, as well as Molly Scott Cato MEP and former Leader Natalie Bennett went #HungryforDemocracy. We also remembered those women who didn’t gain equal voting rights until a decade later, as well as the women of colour, disabled and queer women whose achievements in gaining women’s suffrage have been underappreciated.