FROM PRO-LIFE CAMPAIGNERS:
As an MP would you commit to the following?
1) Stop discrimination against baby girls by supporting a law change to clarify that sex-selective abortion is illegal.
2) Bring UK law closer to the laws in the majority of EU member states by lowering the gestational time limit for abortion.
3) Support women in the workplace by backing policies designed to end pregnancy and maternity discrimination.
Further information on these policies and independent polling showing strong support from the public for each is available here: https://righttolife.org.uk/bothlives.
I care very deeply about these issues and, with it being likely that these three policies will be brought up in the next parliament, where you stand on them will affect my vote.
FROM PRO-CHOICE CAMPAIGNERS:
I live in your constituency and, in advance of casting my vote in the General Election, I am writing to ask that you pledge to support women’s reproductive choice if elected as my local MP.
I am asking you to support the commitments in the British Pregnancy Advisory Service’s (BPAS’s) ‘My Pledge, Her Choice’ campaign. From contraception and abortion to ensuring the best possible outcomes in pregnancy for women and their babies, we need our next Member of Parliament to support women’s health and wellbeing across their reproductive lifetimes.
I – and bpas – are asking you to commit, if elected, to:
- Support further moves to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales in line with previous cross-party parliamentary bills and amendments, including the Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2017.
- Ensure women can access the full range of contraceptive options in the way most convenient for them, including from local pharmacies.
- End inequalities in access to NHS treatments for infertility to allow all women access to three full cycles of IVF in line with NICE guidelines.
- Support calls for the government to enact recommendations to fortify flour with folic acid to protect pregnancies, sparing many women every year from the painful decision to end a wanted pregnancy following a diagnosis of a neural tube defect like spina bifida or anencephaly.
Polling shows that we are a pro-choice country, with 70% supporting the right of a woman to have an abortion if she does not want a child. This level of support is common across voters for all political parties. I understand that votes on abortion are undertaken on a free vote basis in parliament, and as a woman’s right to choose is important to me, I want to know that any candidate I vote for would support this right in law, even if they would not choose it for themselves.
I hope that you share my belief that women should be able to access contraception and IVF care locally and for free, and that we as a country should do everything we can to avoid women receiving a devastating diagnosis of a serious or fatal foetal abnormality as the result of neural tube defects.