09 Tuesday 09th February 2016
Nearly 100 years ago, thanks to the work of those such as the suffragettes, 8.4 million women over the age of 30 were given the vote in the 1918 Representation of the People Act. Since then, there have been positive developments (and continuing fights) in areas of women's rights such as equal pay, forced marriage and marital rape, parenting rights and more. However, in legislation passed before women had the right to vote, sexist laws were passed to regulate abortion by forcing women to gain the approval of two doctors to end a pregnancy - or face 12 years in prison; a pure denial of women's agency over their bodies. Shockingly and sadly, these outmoded laws stand on the books.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has collaborated with Don't Panic London to make this film that celebrates achievements in women's history while campaigning to change these outmoded laws.
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