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28 November 2014

UK: Row over cancellation of Oxford University abortion debate

A debate has raged in the national press over the cancellation of a debate hosted by Oxford Students for Life, on the motion 'This House Believes Britain's Abortion Culture Hurts Us All'.


17 June 2015

Abortion: Trusting women to decide, and doctors to practise

This new BPAS publication lays out the case for why we need to re-think Britain's abortion law.

24 November 2014

Canada: New study finds variation in abortion access and method

The early findings of a 2012 survey, presented in Quebec City and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, suggests access to abortion services vary widely depending on province, and whether a woman resides in a rural or urban area.

21 November 2014

Northern Ireland: Anti-abortion protester found guilty of harassing clinic director

Bernadette Smyth, who leads the anti-abortion group Precious Life, has been convicted of harassing Dawn Purvis, director of the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast.

12 November 2014

UK: Women’s access to abortion care threatened by ruling on conscientious objection

The UK’s highest court has heard an appeal against a Scottish court ruling that vastly broadened the scope of conscientious objection in abortion care.

10 November 2014

UK: ‘Sex selection’ witch-hunt against doctors continues

A doctor has been ordered to appear in a criminal court accused of planning an abortion based on the sex of the fetus, in a private prosecution brought by an anti-abortion campaigner.

5 November 2014

UK: Why pregnant women’s drinking should not be a criminal offence

A court case being heard on criminal injuries compensation for a child whose mother drank during pregnancy could pave the way to the criminalisation of pregnant women's behaviour, warn two charities intervening in the case.

5 November 2014

Thinking beyond the abortion law

At meeting at the House of Commons on 16 October 2014, doctors, lawyers and others working in abortion care began a new campaign for reform of Britain’s antiquated abortion law. Jennie Bristow reports.

4 November 2014

UK: Abortion (Sex-Selection) Ten Minute Rule Bill

Fiona Bruce, a Conservative MP who has brought a number of attempts to restrict abortion, on 4 November introduced a Bill calling for a 'clarification' that 'nothing' in the Abortion Act 'allows a pregnancy to be terminated on the grounds of the sex of the unborn child'.

22 October 2014

Abortion is safe, and it should be as available as easily as contraception

The time has come to decriminalise it altogether, writes Ann Furedi in the Independent.

22 October 2014

UK: Judge approves C-section for schizophrenic woman

Mrs Justice Roberts said she was satisfied that a planned caesarean section was in the woman’s best interests and satisfied that the woman did not have the mental capacity to make decisions about treatment.

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