Wednesday 16th January 2008
7pm for a 7.30pm start
Committee room 10, House of Commons
Nearest tube: WestminsterThe meeting will hear a range of short contributions from invited speakers followed by time for contributions thoughts and ideas from the floor.Speakers include:
Baroness Joyce Gould; Baroness Jenny Tonge; Emily Thornberry MP; Katy Clark MP; Diane Abbott MP; Frances O’Grady, Deputy General Secretary TUC; Wendy Savage, Doctors for a Woman’s Choice on Abortion; Anni Marjoram, adviser to the Mayor of ; Alex Kemp, NUS Disabled Students’ Campaign; Katherine Rake, director Fawcett Society Parliamentarians opposed to women’s right to choose on abortion would like to use the government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, currently speeding through the House of Lords, to restrict the Abortion Act. Already, Baroness Masham has tabled an amendment to restrict abortion access. Other parliamentarians are expected to try to lower the legal abortion time limit from 24 to 20 or even 13 weeks. Any such restrictions would be devastating for women and must be defeated. Pro-choice MPs are also expected to table amendments to improve the law. These should be fully supported.
Please allow plenty of time to clear security on entering theand tell the police outside Parliament that you are attending a meeting sponsored by Emily Thornberry MP
The room is wheelchair accessible and has a hearing loop system. Please let us know of any additional access requirements.
This meeting will launch the pro-choice campaign around the Bill.
Have your say and get involved – all pro-choice supporters welcome!