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Pro-choice campaigners take to the street with petition

Abortion Petition signing 18-06-18 (Photo John Bugeja)organised by Together Gibraltar Petition for a consultative Referendum on Gibraltar Abortion Law. Marlene Hassan signing petition

The Together Gibraltar team started to collect signatures for a petition to push for a consultative referendum on Gibraltar’s abortion laws.

As part of the #LetsGiveThemAMandate campaign, which began with an online petition last week, members will stand outside the Piazza every Monday throughout the summer.

A spokesman for Together Gibraltar said: “The group’s official stance on the abortion issue is pro-choice, however within the group there are multiple interpretations of where the limits to choice should lie.”

“For this, and for the fact that the issue is a delicate and emotive one, we believe a consultative referendum would empower politicians to bring progressive change in a way that is mandated and socially acceptable by the majority of this community.”

Independent MP Marlene Hassan-Nahon, who founded Together Gibraltar, said a consultative referendum in Gibraltar will be a “useful tool” to see where society lies on this debate.

She added: “We are not trying to reinvent the wheel here. We are just trying to give women autonomy over their bodies.”

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Pic by Johnny Bugeja

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