Offences Against the Person Act 1861

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:11 pm on 5th June 2018.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green 4:11 pm, 5th June 2018

For a very long time, in many societies and in many cultures, the state and organised religion have had a stranglehold over the lives of women. That was why it was so pleasing to see the landslide vote to repeal the eighth amendment in the Republic of Ireland. Women in Northern Ireland will soon be the only women in the UK and Ireland who cannot gain safe access to abortion. We know that hundreds of women in Northern Ireland either travel or take risks with their own health to have a termination. We cannot stand by here while women and girls in any part of the UK are criminalised or put at risk for accessing basic healthcare.