Lawyers for Choice is a UK based organisation which believes that abortion should be regulated like any other medical procedure. We believe that women are in the best position to decide the outcomes of their pregnancies and can be trusted to make the decisions that are best for them in the light of their own moral and religious beliefs and their own personal situations. We are also committed to creating the conditions within which real reproductive choice may be exercised.
Today abortion is a simple and safe procedure, especially if performed within the first twelve weeks of a pregnancy (when over 9 out of 10 abortions take place). Complications are uncommon and there are many fewer risks involved than carrying a pregnancy to term. If specific criminal penalties relating to abortion were to be removed, this would not mean that abortion would be left unregulated. Rather, abortion would be treated in the same way as all other medical procedures. Dangerous and unsafe practice or non-consensual abortions would remain subject to appropriate criminal, civil and disciplinary sanction.
Removing specific criminal penalties relating to abortion would remove a clear anomaly in medical law. It would bring abortion law into line with the important general principle that patients must be allowed to make their own medical treatment decisions, with pregnant women no exception to this rule. We believe that this reform is a necessary part of ensuring women’s right to reproductive and sexual health.
Lawyers for Choice was set up in 2016 with the aims of:
• Campaigning for the removal of specific criminal prohibitions relating to abortion; for a change in the law to give women the right to make the abortion decision; and for the removal of clinically unnecessary restrictions on the provision of abortion services.
• Offering informed analysis of the current law (some of our members’ publications will be can be posted here; and our briefing papers will be posted here ).
• Providing a source of expert opinion and research that can inform a reform process.
If you are a lawyer or a law student and you share our beliefs, then please join us.