Women and health

Rape Crisis & other women's rights groups call on MPs to back Abortion Bill

On 23rd October 2018, Members of Parliament will have the opportunity to vote on a Ten-Minute Rule Bill to take abortion out of the criminal law in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This is a key measure for protecting the right to access abortion services, particularly for women in abusive or controlling relationships. The End Violence Against Women Coalition, the Fawcett Society, Imkaan, Rape Crisis England & Wales, Southall Black Sisters and Women’s Aid Federation of England support this bill and ask MPs to vote in favour.

New measures announced to combat forced marriage

The Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a package of measures to tackle forced marriage. As part of this, a public consultation will be launched to determine whether there should be a mandatory requirement for professionals to report a forced marriage case to the authorities. This will help identify:

  • which professionals the duty would apply to
  • the specific circumstances where a case would have to be reported
  • potential sanctions for failure to comply with the duty

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