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.
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