Petition Include abortion rights in the Bill of Rights
As Parliament considers the Bill of Rights, the Government must reconsider including abortion rights in this Bill. Rights to abortion must be specifically protected in this legislation, especially as the Government has refused to rule out leaving the European Convention on Human Rights.
In the wake of the United States Supreme Court over-turning 'Roe vs. Wade' in a landmark decision; the United Kingdom must enshrine abortion rights in the new UK Bill of Rights.
Abortion rights are healthcare rights; not just for individuals who do not wish to be pregnant, but also for those who do. For ectopic pregnancies, to finish a natural miscarriage, or if mother or foetus' life is at high risk. There are a multitude of other reasons to seek an abortion and this should be protected as a right to choose.
Parliament debated this topic
This topic was debated on 28 November 2022
This response was given on 20 September 2022
The Government is now looking again at the Bill of Rights to ensure it will deliver the Government’s objectives as effectively as possible.
The Government has decided to look again at the Bill of Rights, to ensure that it delivers the Government’s objectives as effectively as possible.
This will inform future steps in this area, including any legislation Parliament may be invited to consider in future.
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Debate rescheduled: Legal rights to access abortion
The debate on the petition you signed, "Include abortion rights in the Bill of Rights", has been rescheduled and will now take place on Monday 28 November.
You'll be able to watch the debate online on the UK Parliament YouTube channel (from 4.30pm on Monday 28 November): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X-F3m_JwE8
A transcript of the debate will be published here a few hours after the debate ends: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2022-11-28
The debate will take place in Westminster Hall. Find out more about Westminster Hall debates: https://www.parliament.uk/about/how/business/debates/westminster-hall-debates/