What would changing the legal status of abortion mean for women’s health? And how would it impact on healthcare professionals?

Globally, in countries with liberal abortion legislation, how do the heath and mortality rates for women compare to countries with more restrictive legislation?

Fifty years on from the Abortion Act, abortion is still a criminal offence in the UK except under specific conditions, and it carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. 

Earlier this year, Diana Johnson MP introduced the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill to Parliament, which would change abortion laws and remove criminal sanctions. This move towards decriminalisation is supported by groups such as the Royal College of Midwives, but opponents warn it could remove safeguards and increase risks.

Please join us and our expert speakers for a discussion of these issues, including the possible impact on women's health and medical practice.

Confirmed speakers: 

Host: Diana Johnson MP

Ann Furedi is the Chief Executive Officer of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), a charity which is known internationally for promoting women's reproductive choice. She is the author of "The Moral Case for Abortion". 

Sally Sheldon is Professor of Medical Law at the University of Kent and author of 'Beyond Control: Medical Power and Abortion Law' (1997). She is also a trustee of BPAS.


This is a free event, but please let us know you're coming either on Facebook or through the Eventbrite link above. Please arrive 20-30 minutes early to make it through the security checks at Westminster.

September 12, 2017 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm
UK Parliament
Amira El-Houderi
Emily Batchelor Fiona Xia Keyvan FaRn farmaian Marley Robinson Florence Cahill

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