F6 Establishing Real Freedom of Choice
Liberal Democrat Women
Mover: Katy Gordon.
Summation: Christine Jardine MP.
Conference believes that:
A. Everyone regardless of gender identity has a right to make
independent decisions over their reproductive health without
interference by the state.
B. Access to reproductive healthcare is a human right, as recently
confirmed by the Supreme Court in relation to Northern Ireland.
C. Liberal Democrats champion the freedom, dignity and wellbeing
of individuals, acknowledging and respecting their right to
freedom of conscience.
D. Our responsibility for justice and liberty cannot be confined by
i) The huge success of the recent referendum to liberalise abortion
in the Republic of Ireland.
ii) That induced abortion is currently a crime throughout the UK,
although the Abortion Act 1967 provides exceptions to the crime
of administering or procuring an abortion in England, Wales
and Scotland, and the common law allows some exceptions in
iii) That in 2017, several professional medical organisations backed
calls from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service to remove
abortion from criminal law:
a) The Royal College of Midwives' position statement on abortion
says: "Abortion procedures should be regulated in the same
way as all other procedures relating to women's healthcare".
b) The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
voted strongly in favour of updating their position to say
that abortion "should be treated as a medical, rather than a
c) The British Medical Association's annual representative
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