UK Abortion rights
Reproductive Rights and Justice

UK Abortion rights: The First Shots Fired


At a time when abortion rights are acutely under fire, it seems that the cowardly Conservative Party feels emboldened enough to reveal its true nature.

 

That of an administration whose compassion towards those wishing to exercise their bodily autonomy, appears non-existent, as evidenced on the world stage recently.

 

 

The international ministerial conference on freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) 


Held in London, in early July, the FoRB played host to the reliably spineless and cruel UK government, which turned their backs on human rights via a silent back peddling.

 

An original text signed at the said conference by the UK Government, alongside more than 20 nations, stated stewardship to the repealing of any laws which; 

 

“allow harmful practices, or restrict women’s and girls’ … sexual and reproductive health and rights, bodily autonomy.”

 

In contrast, however, a later version of the international pact, signed by only a fraction in comparison of the original signatories, have both of the aforementioned phrases removed. Moreover, the signed nations include Malta and the UK, the former of which has abortion illegal in their country, and who themselves weren’t original signatory.

 

Such morally dubious company the Conservative party keeps…

A deep delve into the motives behind such a nefarious action taken by the UK government may be unnecessary, as the Prime minister’s FoRB special envoy is Fiona Bruce, the “All-Party Parlimentary Pro-Life” co-chair and heavily invloved in said event.   

 

 

The Inevitable Backlash 

Whereas the hosts of the FoRB conference are acting reprehensibly, other former signatories are not taking this lying down.

 

According to the Guardian, Denmark and Norway have contacted the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO); 

 

“to protest against the substantive changes” that were made to a paper that resulted from a UK-hosted conference on freedom of religion and belief”

 

Furthermore, in an open letter addressed to the Tory leadership candidate and foreign secretary, Liz Truss, who opened the conference, more than 20 pro-choice, human rights and international aid groups demanded that the deletions from the original text be reversed by the government, in addition to proffering an explanation to why said alterations were carried out.

 

Also read: Abortion Rights in the UK- A Looming Shadow

 

The Cold Heart of the Conservative Party

The Conservative government decided to abandon their duty to safeguard human rights in a cowardly manner, however, in a bright spark, others have taken them to the task.

 

I hope that such a backlash will be enough for the government to do one of their trademarked u-turns, accompanied by a bumbling apology. 

For practical purposes alone, I assume, as morality appears never to play a role in any action taken by the Tory party. 

 

Also read: The United Kingdom’s Decision to Cut Foreign Aid is having Catastrophic Effects on Women’s Reproductive Rights and Sexual Health.

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I am an anti-capitalist feminist who wants the world to shout, scream and push us towards a better future. I work to highlight systemic socio-economic and political issues, across the globe. I do this by connecting the contemporary landscape with its foundational horrors, as to explain why we are where we are, in addition to how we may navigate out of it. You can read my blogs and find more of my work at https://medium.com/@simrunjitbans.

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