Women in Unison: The Abortion Act – 50 Years On

Today marks 50 years of the Abortion Act.  Below is a copy of a card which has been sent to all North West MPs from the North West

Women’s Committee to encourage MPs to further strive to make a difference every day they are in parliament.  We are also encouraging

women to write to their MPs at the bottom of this email is a template letter which women may want to send to their own MP.  Please feel

free to share any MP’s responses to northwest.women@unison.co.uk.

Text for Template Letter to MPs (from UNISON members)


Dear (insert name of MP)


Friday 27th October 2017 marks 50 years since the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act.

Before the Act, around 100,000 illegal abortions were carried out each year in Britain.  Botched back-street abortions resulted in an estimated 35,000 women being hospitalised each year and in 15% of all maternal deaths.  Poorer women were at greatest risk of unsafe abortions.

The Act does not extend to Northern Ireland and it is estimated that some 1,000 women travel to England, Wales and Scotland every year for abortions.  Recently a woman from Northern Ireland was forced to travel to the North West for an abortion following an incident of rape. Women from Northern Ireland no longer have to pay up to £1,400 for the procedure, but this remains an option only for those with the means to fund their own travel and accommodation.

As my MP, I would like to ask you to please support a woman’s right to safe, legal abortion – regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. 



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