Oct. 16th, 2009

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Oct. 16th, 2009 02:22 pm
[personal profile] bruria
Welcome to [community profile] prolifeprogressives. Hopefully over the coming weeks we will improve the look of this blog.

The inspiration of this blog was a frustration with the landscape of pro-life/anti-abortion activism and discourse in the UK. Last summer, when parliament debated changing the laws surrounding abortion, it seemed that the only voices in the media opposing abortion were those of Christian (usually Catholic) right-wing men. Where, we wondered, were the voices of left-wing, feminist pro-lifers? People who wish to protect the lives of the unborn in the same spirit as they wish to protect the lives of asylum seekers, and view both within the context of a world in which the powerful exploit the weak and push the exploited into fighting each other. If we weren't hearing people who represented our views, the answer seemed to be to make our voices heard, and a group blog was a start. Maybe we'll be able to challenge some people's preconceptions and have our own challenged.

This blog won't just be about the issue of abortion. We'll be discussion all manner of political issues which take our interest and which we want to raise awareness of. We won't always agree with each other. Each contributor expresses her own views.
[personal profile] bruria
I want to raise awareness of an important issue and the campaigning being organised about it. 'No Recourse.

In the UK, people with insecure immigration status have no recourse to public funds. People with insecure immigration status are those in the UK on temporary visas, such as spousal visas, student visas and work visas, as well as those in the UK illegally, including those who have been trafficked. This means that they cannot claim benefits, including income support and housing benefit. This has had the unintended consequence that victims of domestic violence who need to enter a shelter, are not eligible for public funding of their accommodation in a shelter, if they have insecure immigration status. Either the shelter must take the financial hit of accommodating them or send them away to protect its own financial security.

There is going to be a mass lobby on 4th November, during which people concerned about this issue will make appointments to see their MP and raise the issue with them.

You can find out more about the campaign from the websites of organisations involved with it:
Amnesty International
Women's Aid


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