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Abortion rights

Support further moves to decriminalise abortion


Ensure women can access the full range of contraceptive options


End the postcode lottery for access to IVF

Flour fortification

Fortify flour with folic acid to protect pregnancies

Reproductive rights are on the ballot this election

This election is a chance for us all to elect candidates who support women’s reproductive rights – from access to abortion, to ending the postcode lottery for IVF.

Candidates need to know what is important to their constituents – and we need to know what our elected representatives will stand for if they’re voted into office.

That’s what my pledge, her choice is here to do – tell voters which of their candidates will stand up for women’s rights to choose whether and when to have children, and tell candidates that we know our rights are on the ballot this election.

What is my pledge, her choice?

My pledge, her choice is the 2019 election campaign by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. The campaign is asking candidates in the General Election in December to commit to supporting, if they are elected, four specific areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights.

These commitments are:

  1. 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.
  2. Ensure women can access the full range of contraceptive options in the way most convenient for them, including from local pharmacies.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Who are the British Pregnancy Advisory Service?

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) is a reproductive healthcare charity that offers pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management, contraception and STI testing to 85,000 women each year.

We also advocate for women’s reproductive choice – providing them with accurate and balanced information, and ensuring the right to make their own choices about their bodies and treatments including during pregnancy and birth.

The impact of My Pledge, Her Choice

In 2017, BPAS asked candidates to commit to protecting abortion funding for all UK women, opposing parliamentary attacks on abortion rights, and supporting further moves to decriminalise abortion.

During the 2017-2019 parliament, MPs:

  • Forced the government to start funding Northern Irish women’s access to abortion care in England – something which was also taken up by the governments of Scotland and Wales
  • Supported a bill to decriminalise abortion in England and Wales brought forward by Diana Johnson MP
  • Decriminalised abortion in Northern Ireland – making abortion available in Northern Ireland for the first time

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