Pro-choice victory

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The Abortion Rights demonstration outside parliament on 20 May was a great success.

Some 1,000 protesters turned out, all chanting pro-choice slogans. MPs inside parliament voted against all the amendments that would have cut the time limit on abortion.

This is a decisive win. It shows that, in the face of highly funded anti-choice propaganda targeted at the press and parliament, our views can still win because they are supported by more people up and down the country. However, the votes against the amendments to reduce the time limit to 12 and 16 weeks came up against far greater opposition in parliament. More MPs voted for the amendments that could have cut the limit to 22 weeks.

This means that we've got to stay vigilant and involved in the Abortion Rights campaign to fight for a woman's right to choose now and in the future.

Farah Reza