He Shuns the Unborn

On February 3rd 1980, when Morrissey was 20 years old, he wrote to a friend about a protest he’d recently attended against the Corrie bill, legislation that, if passed, would have restricted access to abortion.


As far as we know Morrissey at the time had never been pregnant and had never been responsible for anyone else being pregnant – but in The Smiths, A Visual Documentary, published in 1994, Johnny Rogan calls him out for not focusing on the foetus:

Morrissey attends an anti-Abortion Act march. There are no comments on the tragic plight of the unborn child from the sensitive one, who lamely notes, ‘I love a good demonstration’.

national demonstration, October 28th 1979