By Ellie Lee
Women's wishes are positioned on the centre of this assortment. The members talk about the level to which the modern felony framework on abortion fits the desires of ladies confronted with undesirable being pregnant. The booklet comprises 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 us, eire and Poland; and chapters overlaying modern debates, together with men's rights in abortion and abortion for foetal abnormality.
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Both organizations recommended safeguards based on the status of the certifying and operating doctors and the premises in which abortion could be provided. These were similar to or even more stringent than those that finally appeared in the Abortion Act. THE POLITICAL FORCES THAT DETERMINED THE CONTENT OF THE ABORTION ACT 1967 It was ALRA that encouraged Lord Silkin in 1965 and then David Steel in 1966 to introduce private members bills to reform the law on abortion. ALRA had the long-term objective of making abortion for social reasons so available that illegal abortion would no longer be necessary.
Whereas women who took pills early often described such practices evasively as 'bringing on a period' rather than as aborting a pregnancy, later attempts were often explicitly presented. And then of course there was a lot of people, lot of people I knew, friends, they used to take stuff to get rid of the babies because they didn't want them, because they already had three or four. Yes, so what sort of stuff did they take? They used to take, urn, oh, what'd they used to take now? Oh, my one friend what did she used to take now?
At the end of the campaign individual membership of ALRA stood at over 1,000, compared with the 200 or so at the beginning of the 1960s. 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.