We Trust Women
In 2016, a woman who ends her own pregnancy without the permission of 2 doctors can be sentenced to life in prison under legislation dating back to Victorian times.
We believe that abortion should be taken out of the criminal law, through the removal of sections 58 and 59 of the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act.
In Northern Ireland, two women are currently facing imprisonment under the 1861 Offences Against the Persons Act for buying abortion medication online. Last year in England, a 24-year-old mother with a history of emotional and psychological problems was imprisoned for two-and-a-half-years for inducing a miscarriage in the third trimester also using medication bought online.
No woman should face prison for inducing a miscarriage, and no doctor should be prosecuted for providing safe abortion care to a woman who requests it. We believe abortion should be governed by the same robust regulatory and ethical frameworks which govern all other medical procedures in the UK.
In the 21st century we should be trusting women to make their own decisions about their own pregnancies, and removing the threat of prosecution from those healthcare professionals providing women with the services and support they need.
Your support for the We Trust Women Campaign can help us achieve this goal.