Green Party calls for abortion law reform

// 18 February 2008

Women and men have been mobilising to fight efforts to roll back access to abortion in this country – as both Laura and Lynne eloquently described earlier this month.

But it’s not all negative. Last week the Green Party held their spring conference, and adopted a policy to reform abortion law, getting rid of the requirement to get two doctors’ signatures, loosening restrictions on where abortions can be performed and allowing nurses and midwives to carry out the procedure.

I know, I know, the Greens are not exactly about to storm into power at the next election, but this is good stuff. As Natalie Bennett says over at Liberal Conspiracy:

I’m… with the Conservative MP John Bercow, who told a recent Abortion Rights parliamentary lobby that since the “other side” had raised the issue, those who want an abortion law fit for the 21st century should use the opportunity to create it

Photo by tattingstar2, shared under a Creative Commons license

Comments From You

katherine // Posted 18 February 2008 at 6:44 pm

That’s great to hear. I have always voted Green as a use of my vote that may not influence government right now…but will do in a generation or two! Good on the Greens.

EBaeza Chavez // Posted 18 February 2008 at 7:14 pm

Don´t dismiss the Greens, they could be the surprise election winners come 2009/10/11/? I have always voted for the Greens, I am so sick of the sleaze and corruption apparent in all the other parties, and all things indicate I am not alone. Lets see Sian Berry as mayor of London too.

This is such a sane suggestion and so long overdue. There is a phenomenal arrogance to presume any doctor could know better the individual values and circumstances of a woman seeking an abortion. As your other post mentions the medical establishment doesn´t always have the best interests of women at heart.

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