Tories’ new anti-choice offensive

By Rosalind Robson

The new Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt thinks the legal time limit on abortion should be halved to 12 weeks.

Maria Miller, the so-called Women’s Minister, thinks it should be 20 weeks. Any more for anymore?

For Tory politicians to pitch their own personal preferences for time limits like this is vile. They do it without reference to scientific or political argument, and without any understanding about what it is like to face an unwanted pregnancy.

Cameron was quick to say the government had no plans to change the law on abortion. Probably he does not want to fight another battle with the Lib Dems, or the medical establishment, or even people in his own party who favour the status quo. But that is no reason for complacency.

The effect of Tory musing on abortion time limits may be to soften up public opinion. It may also help justify cuts in abortion services. And it gives succour to the organised religious bigots and other anti-abortionists.

Anti-abortion alliances like 40 Days for Life are now stepping up their so-called vigils outside abortion clinics where they intimidate women seeking counselling and treatment. We cannot let them get away with it.

Defend a woman’s right to choose!

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About womensfightback17

Women’s Fightback is a socialist feminist paper and blog produced by members and supporters of the socialist group Workers' Liberty. Workers’ Liberty is a revolutionary socialist organisation fighting as part of the labour and student movements, and in campaigns, for a socialist alternative to capitalism, based on common ownership and democracy.

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