1897 - 1988

Baroness Wootton of Abinger was a British sociologist and criminologist. She was one of the first four life peers appointed in 1958. She was President of the British Sociological Association. In the Second World War she considered herself as a conscientious objector, although she was never liable for military service. She was a supporter of utilitarianism. She supported an "Incurable Patients Bill" in the 1970s which would have allowed doctor-assisted suicide. Her views on abortion which are pro-life but without any religious basis led her to be removed from her position as Vice-President of the British Humanist Association.

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As well as being Chief Executive of the British Humanist Association, Andrew is President of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). His writing on humanist and secularist issues has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and New Statesman as well as in various journals. He has represented the BHA and Humanism extensively on television news on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. 


Andrew Copson - Blasphemy by the Back Door

Just because blasphemy laws have been abolished doesn’t mean there are not strong regulatory and legal threats to free speech and free expression in the UK. Andrew will look at how overly stringent laws against offence have introduced blasphemy by the back door.

 Plymouth Humanists Event  on June 28th at 19:30 -

The B-Bar
Barbican Theatre, PL1 2NJ Plymouth