From The bpas team <[email protected]>
Subject TAKE ACTION! Ask your MP to back bid to decriminalise abortion.
Date June 30, 2020 12:45 PM
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Dear John,

Today, we are calling on all MPs to support an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill to decriminalise abortion and protect pregnant women in abusive relationships.
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This amendment would decriminalise abortion, ensuring that victims can access safe legal services, and protect vulnerable women from criminalisation if they use abortion pills bought online. This amendment would also strengthen the law around non-consensual abortion, making it easier to prosecute violent partners who end a woman’s pregnancy without her consent.

The amendment is supported by a coalition of charities and medical bodies including Women’s Aid, Royal College of Midwives, and the End Violence Against Women Coalition.

We need support from as many MPs as possible, from across all political parties, to give us the best chance of securing a debate and a vote on this historic amendment NEXT WEEK.
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There is more information about the amendment here ([link removed][UNIQID]) .

Please take one minute to email your MP NOW. ([link removed][UNIQID])
Thank you as always for your support.

Best wishes,

The bpas team

Victims of domestic abuse who cannot access in-clinic abortion care are forced to use online pills – risking up to life imprisonment. Ask your MP to support an amendment to protect women from prosecution.
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