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30 April 2010

AR update, 30 April 2010

Pregnancy and pregnancy planning in the new parenting culture; Tory party leader calls for review of abortion time limit; No increase in premature baby survival rate; Foreign Office apologises for ‘brainstorm’ memo; New guidance for pharmacists retains ‘conscience clause’; Mexico: child’s pregnancy fuels abortion row, and more…

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- 1. EVENT: PREGNANCY AND PREGNANCY PLANNING IN THE NEW PARENTING CULTURE

This two day seminar in June, organised by Parenting Culture Studies and the Kent Centre for Law Gender and Sexuality, and supported by BPAS and the Economic and Social Research Council, will discuss the relationship between reproductive autonomy and a culture of ‘intensive parenting’.

Speakers include:

—KRISTIN LUKER, Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, University of California: ‘Abortion and the politics of motherhood revisited’

—RACHEL JONES, Senior Research Associate, Guttmacher Institute, New York: ‘Abortion decision making in a culture of “intensive motherhood“‘

—DANIELLE BASSETT, Charlotte Ellertson Social Science Postdoctoral Fellow, Ibis Reproductive Health, Cambridge, MA: ‘Pregnancy after abortion: women’s experiences of a stigmatised reproductive career’

Places are limited, so early booking is advised. For details, see here

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- 2. COMMENTARY: EXTENDING PARENTING BACKWARDS

Jennie Bristow, editor of Abortion Review, explores some of the new limitations placed on women’s autonomy by modern parenting culture.

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- 3. UK: TORY PARTY LEADER CALLS FOR REVIEW OF ABORTION TIME LIMIT

In an interview with the Catholic Herald, David Cameron discussed conscience issues such as abortion and euthanasia.


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- 4. UK: NO INCREASE IN PREMATURE BABY SURVIVAL RATE

Babies born before 24 weeks are spending longer periods in intensive care but their overall survival rates have not improved, a study has found.

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- 5. COMMENTARY: IT’S TIME TO MOVE BEYOND ROE VS WADE

Stuart Derbyshire argues that for the past 30 years, it has been the Supreme Court, and not broader US society, that has made the necessary decisions about abortion.

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- 6. COMMENTARY: FAMILY PLANNING SHOULD MEAN CHOICE, NOT CONTROL

Jennie Bristow reports on the ‘morally uncomfortable’ questions raised by a conference examining the alleged connection between population dynamics, reproductive health and rights, and climate change.

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- 7. MEXICO: CHILD’S PREGNANCY FUELS ABORTION ROW

A pregnant 10-year-old, allegedly raped by her stepfather, has become the latest lightning rod in the country’s heated abortion debate.

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- 8. INDIA: DOCTOR ARRESTED OVER ‘DUMPED FETUSES’

Police in the western Indian state of Gujarat have arrested a doctor after 14 human fetuses were found in rubbish, BBC News Online reports.

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- 9. UK: FOREIGN OFFICE APOLOGISES FOR ‘BRAINSTORM’ MEMO

The Pope’s visit to Britain will not be affected by a leaked memo which appeared to mock the Catholic Church, the Vatican has said.

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- 10. UK: CAMPAIGN TO ARREST THE POPE

Leading atheist Richard Dawkins has backed a campaign to have the Pope arrested for ‘crimes against humanity’ when he visits the UK later this year.

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- 11. UK: MORE GP SURGERIES INTENDING TO PROVIDE EARLY MEDICAL ABORTION

Data shows that four health trusts in England have requested licences to carry out EMA in GP surgeries.

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- 12. UK: NEW GUIDANCE FOR PHARMACISTS RETAINS ‘CONSCIENCE CLAUSE’

Pharmacists across the UK have been told they can continue to refuse to prescribe items that might clash with their personal religious beliefs.

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- 13. UK: FEWER RESTRICTIONS ON TV CONDOM ADS

Advertising regulators have unveiled new rules about condom advertising and pregnancy advice services.

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- 14. UK: SEX EDUCATION REFORMS SHELVED

The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families has been forced to drop key reforms to sex education in schools.

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