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Beyond Pro-life and Pro-choiceThe Changing Politics of Abortion in Britain$
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Fran Amery

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529204995

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529204995.001.0001

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Into the 21st Century

Into the 21st Century

(p.123) 6 Into the 21st Century
Beyond Pro-life and Pro-choice

Fran Amery

Policy Press

This chapter explores UK abortion debates in the 21st century. It describes new anti-abortion strategies which emerged in the 2000s and went beyond the familiar attacks on abortion providers. It demonstrates how issues such as foetal viability and calls for changes in pre-abortion counselling provision evolved as a consequence both of past anti-abortion activity and how pro-choice feminist actors have made their arguments. The chapter argues that counselling amendments are proposed because they undermine the association between a ‘right to choose’ and feminist politics and call into question the medical authority on which the Abortion Act 1967 was based.

Keywords:   Abortion Act 1967, Anti-abortion, Pro-choice, Foetal viability, Pre-abortion counselling, Parliament

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