By Ellie Lee

ISBN-10: 0312215746

ISBN-13: 9780312215743

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ISBN-13: 9781349268764

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ISBN-13: 9781349268788

Women's wishes are positioned on the centre of this assortment. The members speak about the level to which the modern criminal framework on abortion suits the desires of girls confronted with undesirable being pregnant. The publication comprises sections on Britain, together with an account of the crusade to legalize abortion, written by means of these centrally concerned with that crusade; foreign comparisons of abortion legislation, with chapters on France, the us, eire and Poland; and chapters overlaying modern debates, together with men's rights in abortion and abortion for foetal abnormality.

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It was not only national politics that was changing. The internal politics of this small, dormant pressure group the Abortion Law Reform Association was also changing. New, young activists like Diane Munday, who had had an abortion herself, and Madeleine Simms were impatient for action. Thanks to them and their allies in 1963 a palace revolution in ALRA took place; their best move was to persuade Vera Houghton to take the chair. From the young, unknown group of committed activists (male and female) Vera built a successful campaigning team, which capitalized on the commitment of individual parliamentarians (from both sides of the House) and the emerging public discussion of abortion, stimulated by the thalidomide tragedy.

83. Stella Browne, 'The Right to Abortion', in Sheila Rowbotham, A New World for Women: Stella Browne - Socialist Feminist, London, Pluto Press, 1977, p. 114. It is difficult to ask such questions in the interview without appearing to attack or challenge their actions or ethics. I do not push them as far as I might when presenting them with the 'pro-life argument' since I do not want to put them on the defensive or imply that they should have thought or acted differently. Aileen, interviewed by Kate Fisher, 13 April 1996, bczsw#14 (private collection).

However, this question is very interesting, linguistically. Aborted foetuses were not always referred to in emotionally neutral terms; in fact, 'getting rid of a baby' was one of the most common descriptions of abortive acts. This perception of a foetus as a 'baby' does not seem to have deterred women from attempting abortion, nor excited any censure from friends or neighbours. Kathleen was shown the dead foetus her friend had aborted. It was treated as a 'little thing' that had been alive and was buried.

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