The anti-choice group Abort67 have been holding protests at a number of Universities in the last few weeks across the UK, starting with the University of Sussex on the 22nd October, appearing at Cambridge, Nottingham and now Manchester. It is believed that they also intend to go to protest at the Universities of Liverpool and Bristol.
As stated on their website, ‘Abort67’s end goal is to make abortion unthinkable’. Abort67 is usually to be found picketing the Wistons abortion clinic in Brighton, where members have been arrested for displaying graphic posters of dismembered foetuses. The group is also known to film women entering the clinic and confront, harass and intimidate them.
Abort67 want to ban abortion in the UK, likening abortion to the holocaust. They call women and health workers murderers and would rather women, including rape victims were subjected to a forced pregnancy. They lie about abortion, saying it causes cancer, mental health problems, infertility and are determined to stop women accessing reproductive health care.
They say ‘the abortionist will not tell you the whole truth about the abortion.’ There is absolutely no evidence to support their claims. They stand outside the BPAS’ Wistons clinic on Dyke Road in Brighton every week, holding up large colour banners of aborted foetuses for all to see, trying to talk women out of having an abortion. They were recently found not guilty of public order offences for displaying graphic images outside the clinic in Brighton. Abort67 harm women. Abortion numbers are stable, but in Brighton women are having them later than they did before the protests.
The display they have been using includes photos of aborted foetuses alongside concentration camp victims to draw parallels between abortion and the Nazi Holocaust (here's an example).
Student Unions should be aware that this group may come to their campus and that it is important women feel safe in their learning environment. You might want to plan peaceful counter protests or other actions, and talk to College and University authorities about having the group removed from campuses if they trespass on campus property.
If you believe that women have the right to control their own bodies and your Student Union doesn’t have a pro choice policy, you can bring a motion to your student council to bring you in line with other Student Unions in protecting a women’s right to choose. Please see our model motion for a pro-choice union for a starting point! If you would like any support with this, please contact Kelley Temple, NUS Women’s Officer at Kelley.firstname.lastname@example.org