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The Abortion Act 50 years on

Dilys Cossey and Diane Munday talk about campaigning to make abortion safe, free and accessible. Plus, 50 years on from the 1967 Abortion Act, a look at modern challenges to it.

In a programme marking fifty years since the 1967 Abortion Act we talk to Dilys Cossey and Diane Munday about why they campaigned to make abortion safe, free and accessible. We hear a 1964 interview from the Woman's Hour archive with a woman from Newcastle who had a back street abortion. Fiorella Nash, from the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child explains how their campaigning has changed over the last 50 years. We discuss current challenges to the law in the UK, and assess access to abortion around the world with Manuelle Hurwitz from the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Presenter: Jane Garvey

Interviewed guest: Dilys Cossey
Interviewed guest: Diane Munday
Interviewed guest: Fiorella Nash
Interviewed guest: Manuelle Hurwitz.

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58 minutes


  • Back Street Abortions

    Duration: 24:38

  • How Has the Anti-Abortion Campaign Changed?

    Duration: 13:09

  • Abortion - The Global Perspective

    Duration: 04:24

  • Access to Abortion Across the UK

    Duration: 08:52

  • Dilys Cossey and Diane Munday

    Duration: 11:07


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest Dilys Cossey
Interviewed Guest Diane Munday
Interviewed Guest Fiorella Nash
Interviewed Guest Manuelle Hurwitz


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