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A woman’s right to choose
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The influence of women's liberation ideas can be seen in debates focused on abortion during the 1970s. Abortion was not only a priority for women's groups but was also ranked as an important campaign by trade unions, the Labour Party and other groups and movements on the left of the political spectrum. As Drude Dahlerup has contended, 'the issue of abortion was to the new women's movement of the 1970s what the suffrage issue had been to the feminist movement around the turn of the century'. Forming one part of the international movement for abortion rights, National Abortion Campaign (NAC) was formed in 1975 and aimed to 'build a mass national campaign on the basis of a woman's right to choose'. The Catholic Church became a particular focus for frustration for the Women's liberation movement (WLM) in Scotland.

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