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AR update, 16 September 2010 | bpas Reproductive Review
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16 September 2010

AR update, 16 September 2010

Clinical Update: Treatment of obese clients; Pope begins controversial UK visit; Polish parliamentary hearing on women travelling to abroad for abortion; and more ...

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- 1. ABORTION AND THE ‘BIG QUESTIONS’

At the Battle of Ideas festival on 30 October, BPAS is sponsoring debates about the value of life, the role of conscience clauses, the ethics of selective reproduction, and ‘overpopulation’. 

Speakers include:

—JOHN HARRIS, Lord David Alliance Professor of Bioethics, Manchester University

—STUART DERBYSHIRE, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham

—DAVID NOLAN, head of communications, Catholics for Choice

—CHRISTIAN FIALA, Medical Director, Gynmed Clinic for Contraception and Abortion, Austria

—JOHN WYATT, Professor of Ethics and Perinatology, University College London

—STEPHEN WILKINSON, professor of bioethics, Keele University

—TOM DOUGLAS, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford

—SANDY STARR, communications officer, Progress Educational Trust

—ROGER MARTIN, chairman, Optimum Population Trust

—BRENDAN O’NEILL, editor, spiked

For details, see here.

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- 2. CLINICAL UPDATE: TREATMENT OF OBESE CLIENTS

Patricia Lohr, Medical Director of BPAS, discusses the challenges for abortion providers.

Lohr’s column appears in the Autumn 2010 print edition of Abortion Review, along with a quarterly digest of medical and abortion news. Download the print edition of Abortion Review for free here.

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- 3. UK: POPE BEGINS CONTROVERSIAL VISIT

Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to England and Scotland has provoked debate about human rights and religious freedom. 

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- 4. UK: POLL OF CATHOLICS’ OPINIONS AHEAD OF PAPAL VISIT

Most British Roman Catholics disagree with their Church’s position on issues including contraception, abortion and homosexuality, a survey published in The Scotsman has found.

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- 5. UK: ADVERTISING WATCHDOG BANS ‘OFFENSIVE’ ICE CREAM AD

An ice cream company banned from using an advert displaying a pregnant nun has vowed to position similar posters in London in time for the Pope’s visit.

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- 6. POLAND: ‘ABORTION TOURISM’ REFLECTS RESTRICTIVE LAW

Leading Polish activists held a civil hearing at the Polish parliament on 26 August on the rising number of Polish women who are travelling abroad to obtain access to abortion. 

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- 7. USA: ‘PEOPLE AND THE PLANET’

The September 2010 issue of the Catholics for Choice journal ‘Conscience’ is dedicated to exploring the questions raised by population growth. 

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- 8. UK: HEALTH PROTECTION AGENCY WARNS OF RISE IN SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS

There were almost half a million new cases of STIs in the UK last year, figures show.

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- 8. WALES: TEENAGE CONCEPTION FIGURES RELEASED

More than half of teenage conceptions in Wales end in abortion, the Western Mail reports.

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- 9. UK: FERTILITY REGULATOR CONSIDERS DONOR PAYMENTS

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is considering increasing compensation for egg and sperm donors.

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