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GUEST POST: Stand with the pro-choice voice across the USSeptember 17 2021 at 15:05

Telemedical abortion services: joint letter to Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Public Health, Women's Health, and SportJune 14 2021 at 08:00

Have your say on the future of remote abortion care in ScotlandDecember 11 2020 at 14:45

F-words: the language of abortionAugust 20 2020 at 10:58

GUEST POST: Decriminalisation of Abortion for a Modern ScotlandJuly 23 2020 at 12:07

Abortion, rights, and representationOctober 10 2019 at 14:44

Guest Post: Contraception information and consent - two sides of the same coin? July 4 2019 at 12:02

Guest Post: Why contraception needs a Me Too momentJune 21 2019 at 11:58

GUEST POST: Abortion Legislation in Latin AmericaJanuary 29 2019 at 15:12

Abortion Rights in ColombiaOctober 11 2018 at 19:53

Scotland in solidarity with Northern IrelandJune 1 2018 at 17:11

A referendum in Northern Ireland isn’t the answer to free, safe and legal abortionMay 31 2018 at 10:54

Reflections on #RepealThe8thMay 18 2018 at 12:40

Repeal the 8th - how can you help?April 19 2018 at 14:49

Guest Post: LIFEApril 10 2018 at 16:25

Reflections on #AbortionActat50November 2 2017 at 15:24

The Abortion Act: 50 years onOctober 27 2017 at 11:46

Abortion internationally – how does Scotland measure up?September 28 2017 at 16:56

Guest post: Abortion in Scotland - The facts behind the figuresMay 29 2017 at 13:52

Scotland must take this chance to stand up for women's reproductive rightsDecember 13 2016 at 16:23

Our bodies, our choice: the case for a Scottish approach to abortionDecember 11 2016 at 23:07

Engender calls for a progressive law for Scotland. October 14 2015 at 16:04

5 things you need to know about equality and today's Scotland Bill debate July 6 2015 at 10:02


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The Gender Matters Roadmap

In 2017 Engender launched the Gender Matters Roadmap, which sets out the steps needed to move closer to women's equality in Scotland by 2030.

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Engender response to the Scottish Government consultation on future arrangements for early medical abortion at home

Engender unequivocally supports women’s autonomy over their bodies and lives, and considers abortion access fundamental to women’s rights and gender equality. Access to safe abortion is essential for women’s economic and social rights, to women’s autonomy, employment, education and access to resources, and therefore to women’s equality. In a gender-equal Scotland, all women must have a legal right to choices around family planning, which is supported by intersectional and gender-sensitive abortion services, adequate and culturally sensitive information and support and must be able to access care without intimidation, coercion, harassment or stigmatisation.

This consultation response makes the case for the continuation of telemedical appointments for Early Medical Abortion at Home.

Date of publication: December 2020

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-Scottish-Government-consultation-on-future-arrangements-for-early-medical-abortion-at-home.pdf | File size: 170KB | Tags: abortion
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Engender response to the UK Government consultation on a new legal framework for abortion services in Northern Ireland

Engender unequivocally supports women in Northern Ireland’s autonomy over their bodies and lives, and considers abortion access fundamental to women’s rights and gender equality across the whole of the UK.

Until very recently the law discriminated against and criminalised some UK women based upon their residence in Northern Ireland alone. The United Nations CEDAW committee inquiry into restriction of abortion in NI found that the UK Government is responsible for both “grave and systematic violations” of women’s human rights under international law. We therefore welcome the opportunity to respond to this consultation on the means of correcting this denial of rights. These proposals offer scope to go beyond restrictions in place under the Abortion Act 1967, and to bring abortion law in Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the UK in certain areas.

However, this is by no means guaranteed by the options set out this consultation document. As a bare minimum, the new legal framework for NI must afford women and girls the same rights and healthcare standards as those in England, Scotland and Wales. The creation of a new system also provides an opportunity to learn from issues with delivery of existing abortion services in other parts of the UK, and to set new standards with an improved clinical framework and model of service delivery that works for women and girls in different parts of Northern Ireland.

Date of Publication: 17 December 2019

Filename: Engender-response-to-the-UK-Government-consultation-on-a-new-legal-framework-for-abortion-services-in-Northern-Ireland-17.12.19.pdf | File size: 491KB | Tags: abortion health
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Access to Abortion: Situating Scotland in the Western World

This paper describes the different legal and regulatory contexts for abortion healthcare in Scotland and in other European and western nations.

Date of publication: September 2017.

Filename: AccessToAbortion.pdf | File size: 396KB | Tags: abortion health international
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Our Bodies, Our Choice: The Case for a Scottish Approach to Abortion

The devolution of abortion law as part of the Scotland Act 2016 also provides Scotland with the opportunity to develop a Scottish approach to women’s reproductive rights, incorporating improved, modernised and standardised service provision underpinned by a progressive devolved legal framework. Such a change to the legal framing of abortion should reflect international best practice and be developed following engagement with women, practitioners, and human rights and gender advocates in Scotland.

This report, supported by Scottish Women's Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland, Zero Tolerance, Close the Gap, NUS Scotland and Amnesty International Scotland sets out the current situation around abortion in Scotland, and makes a number of recommendations to the Scottish Government.

Date of publication: December 2016.

Filename: Our-bodies-our-choice---the-case-for-a-Scottish-approach-to-abortion.pdf | File size: 1871KB | Tags: health abortion
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Women's and Equalities Sector Joint Statement to MPs on Proposed Amendment to the Scotland Bill: Abortion (NC56)

A joint statement from Engender, Scottish Women's Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland, Zero Tolerance, Close the Gap, NUS Scotland, Scottish TUC, Abortion Rights Scotland Committee, Abortion Rights, YWCA - the young women's campaign, Amnesty International, Human Rights Consortium Scotland, and Scottish Women's Convention on a proposed amendment to the Scotland Bill.

Date of publication: July 2015.

Filename: Joint-statement-on-Scotland-Bill---NC56---Abortion.pdf | File size: 320KB | Tags: abortion health devolution
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