2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the social change brought about by Britain’s 1967 Abortion Act. However the struggle for abortion rights is far from over. In this hard-hitting timely new book Judith Orr, leading pro-choice campaigner, argues that it’s time women had the right to control their fertility without the practical, legal and ideological barriers they have faced for generations.
Combining analysis of media coverage, statistics, popular culture and social attitudes with powerful first-hand accounts of women’s experiences she measures the Act’s impact showing that full reproductive rights are yet to be won. In Britain anti-abortion campaigners attack women’s rights under existing law, elsewhere women must cross borders or buy pills online while in the US, Ireland, Poland and Latin America harsh restrictions on abortion are provoking increased resistance. The book highlights current debates over decriminalisation and argues for abortion provision fit for the 21st century.
Judith Orr has decades of experience campaigning and writing on women’s rights and abortion. She grew up in Northern Ireland where abortion is effectively illegal. She is an elected member of the executive committee of the national Abortion Rights campaign.
As a journalist, she reported from Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution, in particular highlighting the role of women. She has written two previous books: Marxism and Women’s Liberation and Sexism and the System and been interviewed in the media about politics and activism. An experienced public speaker, she has spoken on her work internationally including in Canada, Germany, Austria, Ireland and Turkey.
A choice moment;
A web of solidarity;
Abortion: as old as humanity;
An Act of liberation?;
Opposition and resistance;
Women’s bodies as battlegrounds;
What we need;
Voices from the frontline;
“As a dedicated pro-choice activist Judith is best placed to write this informative and well-pitched analysis of issues related to defending abortion rights.” Kerry Abel, Chair of Abortion Rights the UK national pro choice campaign