By Ellie Lee
Women's wishes are put on the centre of this assortment. The participants talk about the level to which the modern felony framework on abortion fits the wishes of ladies confronted with undesirable being pregnant. The booklet includes sections on Britain, together with an account of the crusade to legalize abortion, written via these centrally concerned with that crusade; overseas comparisons of abortion legislation, with chapters on France, the USA, eire and Poland; and chapters overlaying modern debates, together with men's rights in abortion and abortion for foetal abnormality.
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It is my belief she puts this proviso in because she feels she should not be telling tales about her friend's extra-marital affairs, rather than because abortion was 'morally wrong', though it might also indicate awareness that abortion was illegal. 32. A Welsh phrase expressing squeamish disgust, equivalent to the English 'Ugh'. 33. Kathleen, interviewed by Kate Fisher, 7 July 1994, bcz#16 (private collection) . 34. American research into a number of women who had illegal abortions in the 1950s and 1960s revealed similar attitudes, although the researchers did not acknowledge this: 'I felt nothing.
Alistair Service was the parliamentary lobbyist. Whenever there was a Bill under discussion (and often when there was not) Alastair was down in Parliament buttonholing MPs and peers. He would sit in Central Lobby with Dod's Parliamentary Companion on his lap, trying to identify MPs from their photos as they hurried through. ALRA's record of MPs' views was painstakingly built up through this personal contact. Malcolm Potts was our medical expert. He was also an excellent communicator both in writing and out loud.
The experience of approaching MPs, the development of individual lobbying by Alistair Service, general lobbies of MPs and appropriate briefing materials built up a formidable bank of information on MPs and peers' opinions and on parliamentary strategy and procedure. When finally David Steel took his Private Member's Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill to the House, ALRA was well placed to give as much support as he needed. Sometimes there were tensions in that relationship, but, during committee, ALRA always provided a solid backing.
Abortion Law and Politics Today by Ellie Lee