Exactly 50 years ago today, abortion was made legal in Great Britain. The Abortion Act was intended, partly, to stop women from putting their lives at risk by visiting backstreet practitioners – but it has been controversial to this day.
Well last year in England, Wales and Scotland, there were over 200,000 abortions – a number that’s remained steady for many years.
Under the 1967 law, two doctors have to approve a woman’s request.
The legal limit is 24 weeks into pregnancy – the vast majority take place at under 10 weeks.
Abortion is still illegal in Northern Ireland though, but in June the Government said women from there could get access to free terminations on the NHS in England.
Well one woman with a particularly personal interest in abortion is Diane Munday. She had a termination in 1961, six years before the act was passed. It’s inspired her to campaign for women’s rights ever since