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Roe v Wade

Abortion Rights Scotland organised a protest event outside the U.S. Consulate in Edinburgh in response to the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade. These brought together politicians, students, American citizens living in Scotland and trade union activists in order to convey a message of solidarity with the women of America and those across the world who are impacted by regressive abortion rights services. 

 

Blanket Ban

This powerful production covering Malta’s ban on abortion featured in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Abortion Rights Scotland working alongside the theatre company to ensure campaign material was distributed at each performance. 

 

Edinburgh Lothian Road

Each year the SPUC (Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child) organise a “pro-life prayer chain” to protest against the enactment of the 1967 Abortion Act. Abortion Rights Scotland have organised and attended counter-events in April 2022 and April 2023 in order to mark the enactment of the 1967 Act. Raising the visibility of our movement, allowing the public to register their support for safe and legal abortion care and to take a stand against those pro-life organisations who routinely use distressing and inflammatory banners and speeches to advocate for their cause. 

 

Decriminalisation Campaign

Abortion Rights Scotland and Engender hosted a webinar in October 2022 www.youtube.com which outlined the position in law in Scotland and the impact of this position on abortion service providers and their patients who have to work within a criminal law framework in order to access and supply safe and legal abortions. Policy statements have been collected, questions asked in the Scottish Parliament and the Cross Party Group on Women’s Health will be facilitating our suggestion of a panel discussion with health service practitioners and politicians later in the year.

 

In addition we were invited to speak about decriminalisation at the Scottish Abortion Care Service Providers conference on 24th February 2023 and we also managed to secure a contribution at our AGM from Alex Greenwich, a member of the New South Wales Parliament who was involved in their successful decriminalisation campaign.

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