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15 November 2013

November digest: Abortion in Ireland - ‘No way to treat women’

This month's top stories on Reproductive Review.

- 1. ‘NO WAY TO TREAT WOMEN’

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service on 2 November placed an advertisement in the Irish Times in solidarity with the women who are denied legal, safe abortion in Ireland and those who campaign tirelessly for the legal change needed so women can access care at home. The advert, and the accompanying press statement, was widely reported throughout the Irish press.

Ann Furedi, bpas chief executive, said:

‘Banning abortion does not end it. Women will always find ways to end unwanted pregnancies – whether travelling to bpas or buying pills on the internet. Abortion is as much a fact of life for women in Cork as for women in Coventry or Carlisle. The women we see from Ireland are just like those from England – but made more desperate by the financial and emotional cost of having to travel. No politician, in a civilised country, should force women to make a journey abroad for abortion care.  The decision alone is a tough enough journey.

‘bpas clinics provide the best of care – but women need clinics in Ireland. Until that happens we’re proud to help.’

- 2. IRELAND: ABORTION BAN CHALLENGED AT UN

An Irishwoman whose fetus bore a fatal heart defect has filed a United Nations petition against Ireland because it outlaws abortions in such circumstances.

- 3. NORTHERN IRELAND: FETAL ANOMALY CASE TURNS ATTENTION ON ABORTION GUIDELINES

Revised guidelines on abortion in Northern Ireland are to be brought before the Stormont Executive in weeks, the BBC reports.

- 4. NORTHERN IRELAND: TRAVEL FOR ABORTION IS NOT ILLEGAL, SAYS TOP PROSECUTOR

There is no criminal offence if someone assists a woman in going to England for a lawful abortion, the Director of Public Prosecutions in NI has said.

- 5. USA: JUDGE BLOCKS ‘UNREASONABLE’ ABORTION REGULATIONS; JUDGEMENT REVERSED ON APPEAL

A Texas judge on 28 October ruled that abortion restrictions passed by the state’s legislature were unconstitutional - but the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision three days later.

- 6. UK: DEBATE ON USE OF GRAPHIC ABORTION IMAGERY

Video footage of a debate between Ann Furedi, CEO of BPAS, and Gregg Cunningham, Executive Director of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR), an American anti-abortion group.

- 7. BREASTFEEDING BRIBES

Why is it ‘society’s’ business how a mother feeds her baby? By Jennie Bristow, editor, Reproductive Review.

- 8. UK: OFFICIAL REPORT HIGHLIGHTS PROBLEMS IN THE MATERNITY SERVICE

Maternity units are having to shut temporarily or turn away expectant mothers because NHS childbirth services have too few midwives and are struggling to cope with the ongoing baby boom, according to the National Audit Office.

- 9. UK: MOTHER OF DISABLED GIRL SUES FOR COMPENSATION

The mother of a girl who died at the age of 11 after a life in ‘almost constant pain’ is suing for compensation, claiming doctors had failed to warn her of the disability.

- 10. USA: CONCERN OVER ‘FETAL PROTECTION’ LAWS

Daniella Silva reports for NBC News on the shocking case of a Wisconsin women who ‘went to a prenatal visit - and ended up in handcuffs’.

FROM THE JOURNALS

- 11. USA: A STATEMENT ON ABORTION BY 100 PROFESSORS OF OBSTETRICS - 40 YEARS LATER

From the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

- 12. USA: PREDICTORS OF ABORTION COUNSELLING RECEIPT AND HELPFULNESS

This study sought to investigate individual- and facility-level factors that influenced women’s reports of receiving abortion counselling and the helpfulness of counselling. From Women’s Health Issues.

- 13. AUSTRALIA: THE MEDICAL MANAGEMENT OF MISSED MISCARRIAGE

This study set out to report the prospective outcomes of medical management of missed miscarriage before 13 weeks’ gestation. From Medical Journal of Australia.

- 14. CHINA: STRESS AND ANXIETY-DEPRESSION LEVELS FOLLOWING FIRST-TRIMESTER MISCARRIAGE

The study set out to compare the psychological impact following early miscarriage between women who conceived naturally and women who conceived following assisted reproduction. From BJOG.

- 15. USA: DILATION BEFORE SURGICAL ABORTION

This study set out to compare the efficacy and acceptability of buccal misoprostol or a synthetic osmotic cervical dilator for cervical preparation before same-day late first-trimester and early second-trimester surgical abortion. From Obstetrics and Gynecology.

- 16. USA: MIFEPRISTONE-MISOPROSTOL DOSING INTERVAL AND EFFECT ON INDUCTION ABORTION TIMES

The objective of this systematic review was to examine the effect of the interval between mifepristone and misoprostol administration on induction time (first misoprostol dose to abortion), total procedure time (mifepristone administration to abortion), and safety and efficacy in second-trimester induction abortion (13-24 weeks). From Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

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