Abortion proposals rejected

In a joint communique today by the ERG/Unite Pro-Choice Campaign, Gillian Birkett, Regional Officer for the Union, and Felix Alvarez, Chair of Equality Rights Group, have unambiguously rejected Government’s Command Paper proposals on abortion, announcing ‘a decisive stepping up of our joint campaign to bring a just and modern law to Gibraltar that cherishes the right to choose of all women on the issue of pregnancy.’ 

'The command paper proposals do not improve the private life of women in Gibraltar. We have been respectful not only with all sides on this issue, but also with the democratic process itself, having fully participated in consultative discussions and reviews of Government’s proposals and with other community groups. We are absolutely clear, however, that this is not the end of the road.

‘Our joint Campaign, bringing together the two organisations on human and workers’ rights, has been hard at work looking beyond the immediate process. We are now actively pursuing international campaigning which will involve the Labour Movement at a UK and international level as well as engage human, civil and political rights organisations across jurisdictions.