Saturday 15 September
Saturday meeting voted that regulation and limits on abortion should
be subject to professional and regulatory, rather than
d) The Aston University study A Hard Enough Decision to Make
identifies the presence of anti-abortion protesters as a cause
of stress, distress, anxiety, and intimidation to those providing
and seeking reproductive healthcare - women and clinic
staff across the country report being followed, filmed, and
harassed when trying to access or provide services - and it
concludes that limiting the presence of anti-abortion activists
outside clinics would uphold the right of healthcare privacy.
Conference calls for the UK Government to:
1. Repeal sections 58 and 59 of the Offences against the Person Act
1861, while retaining the Infant Life Preservation Act 1929 and
the framework for exemptions laid out in the Abortion Act 1967,
thus removing criminal sanctions both for receiving an abortion
of a non-viable foetus, and for appropriately registered and
regulated medical professionals providing a safe abortion.
2. Provide funding so that users of reproductive healthcare
services are provided with enough specialist advice to make fully
3. Enforce safe zones around abortion service providers so
that those visiting can travel to them free of any harassment
or pressure on their decision, and to make intimidation or
harassment of abortion service users outside clinics, or on
common transport routes to these services, illegal.
4. Provide funding to enable abortion clinics to provide their
services free of charge to service users regardless of country of
nationality or residency, using standard NHS provision criteria.
5. Do all they can to support the people of Northern Ireland to have
access to abortion facilities within their own province.
Applicability: England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Mover: 7 minutes; summation of motion and movers and summation of any
amendments: 4 minutes; all other speakers: 3 minutes. For eligibility and
procedure for speaking in this debate, see page 4.
The deadline for amendments to this motion - see page 6 - and for requests for
separate votes - see page 3 - is 13.00, Monday 3 September. Those selected for
debate will be printed in Saturday's Conference Daily.