Abortion Act 1967This one-day knowledge exchange event marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act in Scotland.

The event addresed what has been achieved to date regarding abortion provision, and what remains to be done, specifically in the Scottish context.

Led by Dr Carrie Purcell from the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow, the event brought together a range of key voices in the field including providers, researchers, and third sector/advocacy groups.

This event wass timely, not only with anniversary of the Act, but also the devolution of abortion law-making powers to Holyrood; the recent report advocating for decriminalisation of abortion in Scotland (led by Engender); the commitment in 2016 from the First Minister to exploring support for women traveling from Northern Ireland for abortion; the resurgence in support for the far right in European and global politics; and the potential uncertainties raised by the UK’s departure from the EU.

Existing research - including several recent studies carried out at the University of Glasgow - and, to some degree, policy in Scotland and elsewhere, makes clear that access to abortion is fundamental to gender equality and women’s rights. Key aims of the day were to create a space for dialogue amongst key stakeholders, and an opportunity to think through future directions for Scottish abortion provision.

About the venue

The Lighthouse - Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture - is situated in the heart of Glasgow, just off Buchanan Street and the 'Style Mile'. The Lighthouse is a visitor centre, exhibition space and events venue, which promotes design and architecture through a vibrant programme of exhibitions and events. Formerly housing The Glasgow Herald, The Lighthouse was the first public commission completed by Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and is the perfect place to begin a Mackintosh tour of Glasgow.

Delegates have free access to exhibitions on the day of the conference, including access to the Mack Centre and the viewing platform. More details on what's on can be found here.