Currently women in England and Wales are subject to criminalisation under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. This law was passed when Queen Victoria was on the throne. It has no relevance today and does not take account of modern medicine and the professional regulation of the medical profession.
According to research by BPAS and YouGov, only 14 per cent of people polled were aware of the current law on abortion. This means antiquated legislation is putting thousands of women at risk of becoming accidental criminals.
It’s time for this to change.
Email your MP now and let them know you are in favour of trusting women by decriminalising abortion.