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Beyond Pro-life and Pro-choice: The Changing Politics of Abortion in Britain

Fran Amery


A common misunderstanding of the Abortion Act 1967 is that it granted women the ‘right’ to access abortion. In reality, there is no such thing; the current provision of abortion in the United Kingdom rests on a system in which doctors, not women, are the arbiters of abortion access. In recent years, calls for the full decriminalisation of abortion have been given a vigour not seen before. For the first time, MPs and medical associations have moved to back decriminalisation, in line with the demands of pro-choice campaigners across the UK. But at the same time, opponents are mobilising to under ... More

Keywords: Abortion, Abortion Act 1967, Decriminalisation of abortion, Parliament, Pro-choice, Pro-life, Women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781529204995
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529204995.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fran Amery, author
University of Bath