Webinar with Libertas Chambers

In October 2021, I presented at a Libertas Chambers event with Felicity Gerry QC. I discussed some of the key findings from my book Criminal Justice Responses to Maternal Filicide: Judging the Failed Mother (Emerald Publishing Limited, 2021) and Felicity gave some practical tips to barristers and solicitors who might defend women accused of crimes related to an infant’s death. You can watch the full webinar here.

Why are mothers to blame for everything?

When women have ‘problems’ or ‘fail’ as mothers, or children are seen to be ‘problems’, it is often women, the mother, who is blamed. Why is this? Why do we blame mothers? What is mother blame? What impact does it have on women and their families? Why does society blame women when they or their children face difficulties and hardships? Find out in this video.

Why do mothers have to be perfect?

To be a ‘good’ mother a woman has to be perfect, right? That’s what society tells us. How should we understand this belief in the need for perfection? Where does it come from? I unpack this idea in this video by explore the ‘myths of motherhood’ and by starting to think about the impact these myths have on women.

What is the impact of the change in abortion law in Texas?

On September 1st 2021 the American state of Texas introduced a new law on abortion, making it virtually impossible for women to access a legal abortion after the 6th week of pregnancy. In this video I discuss the implications of banning abortion, both for the women of Texas, but also for women around the world.

How do you make your abortion legal?

As we explored in video 1, abortion is illegal in Britain. Ending a pregnancy becomes legal if it is performed in line with the requirements outlined in the Abortion Act 1967. But, the law only makes it legal for a doctor to provide an abortion. The law does not give women the right to access abortion, as I explore in this video.

If you are pregnant and you need help and support, including advice about abortion, then contact the British Pregnancy Advisory Service or MSI Reproductive Choices UK.

With thanks to Dr Elizabeth Chloe Romanis for her input into this video.

Did you know that it is illegal to have an abortion in Britain?

Yes, I’m being serious: in Britain abortion is a crime. Section 58 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 makes it illegal for both women and any other people (including doctors and midwives) to end the pregnancy of a woman at any point. But (I can hear you say) women have abortions all the time, how can it be illegal? Take a look at the video to find out.

If you are pregnant and you need help and support, including advice about abortion, then contact the British Pregnancy Advisory Service or MSI Reproductive Choices UK.