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16 June 2015

Abortion law reform in Britain 1964-2003

A personal account, by David Paintin.

David Paintin is Emeritus Reader in obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of London. From 1963-91, based at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, he organised the teaching of medical students and, as an honorary consultant, provided NHS services for Paddington and North Kensington. He joined the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA) in 1963, and was one of the gynaecologists who advised Lord Silkin and David Steel, now Lord Steel of Aikwood, during the parliamentary debates that resulted in the 1967 Abortion Act. He was chairman of the Birth Control Trust (1981-98), and a trustee of Pregnancy Advisory Service (1981-96) and British Pregnancy Advisory Service (1996-2003).

In this new book, David Paintin reflects on the legal debates leading up to the 1967 Abortion Act and its subsequent implementation, and Parliamentary attempts to undermine and restrict Britain’s abortion law in the 1970s and 1980s.

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- Foreword. By Ann Furedi, Chief Executive, British Pregnancy Advisory Service

- Chapter 1. Forming an opinion, 1955 – 1963

- Chapter 2. Lord Silkin’s Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bills, 1965 – 1966

- Chapter 3. Supporting David Steel’s Abortion Bill, 1966 – 1968

- Chapter 4. Implementing the Act

- Chapter 5: The origins of the pregnancy advisory services

- Chapter 6. Birth Control Campaign and Birth Control Trust

- Chapter 7. Parliamentary reaction to the effects of the Abortion Act

- Chapter 8. Lord Houghton improves the Abortion Act 1987-90

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