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23 December 2010

AR update, 23 December 2010

A moral defence of late abortion; European Court rules on A, B, and C v Ireland; Pope issues 'game-changing statement' on condoms; and more ...

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- 1. A MORAL DEFENCE OF LATE ABORTION

In an essay published on spiked, Ann Furedi, chief executive of BPAS, urges faltering pro-choice campaigners to rediscover their respect for women’s moral autonomy.

Furedi writes:

‘The heated character of the debate around “late” abortion is curious, given that “early” abortion is almost beyond controversy. Most developed countries now accept that women should be able to access abortions up to gestations of 10 or 12 weeks – the first trimester of pregnancy – with little debate or stigma around such procedures.

‘But, paradoxically, as early abortion has become more accepted, later procedures have attracted increasing concern. And even some of those associated with the pro-choice movement have begun to express doubts openly about whether a woman should be able to choose to end her pregnancy once her fetus begins more closely to resemble a baby.

‘How do we account for this shifting approach to the parameters of choice?...’

A MORAL DEFENCE OF LATE ABORTION has been published as a special edition of Abortion Review. Read it here

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- 2. COMMENTARY: SIMPLISTIC ANSWERS WON’T RESOLVE COMPLEX ISSUES

Writing on the ANSIRH blog, Tracy Weitz and Carole Joffe respond to William Saletan’s call for both sides of the abortion debate to find ‘common ground’.

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- 3. EUROPEAN COURT RULES ON A, B, AND C V. IRELAND

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Irish abortion laws violated the rights of one of three women who sought terminations in Britain.

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- 4. IRELAND: MEDICAL COUNCIL CLARIFIES POSITION ON ABORTION

The Medical Council in Ireland has clarified the position as contained in its ethics guide following the 16 December European Court of Human Rights ruling.

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- 5. POPE ISSUES ‘GAME-CHANGING STATEMENT’ ON CONDOMS

Catholic reformers and groups working to combat HIV have welcomed remarks by Pope Benedict that the use of condoms might not always be wrong.

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- 6. EVENT: ‘PASSPORT TO PARENTHOOD’

Speakers at Progress Educational Trust’s annual conference in London examined the evidence and ethics on cross-border reproductive care. Jennie Bristow reports.

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- 7. THE BIG LIE ABOUT ABORTION AND MENTAL HEALTH

The latest war on abortion is being fought less over women’s bodies than over their minds, writes Brenda Major in the Washington Post.

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- 8. UK: NATIONAL STATISTICS ON FERTILITY TRENDS

The size of the average family seems to be getting smaller, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.

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- 9. EVENT: CONTROVERSIES IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY

The Royal Society of Medicine on 19 November hosted a lively debate on three controversial issues: elective C-sections, IVF treatment for older mothers, and the desirability of a consultant-based obstetrics service in the NHS. Jennie Bristow reports.

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MEDICAL UPDATE

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- 10. FINLAND: CLINICAL EFFICACY OF MIFEPRISTONE AND MISOPROSTOL IN SECOND TRIMESTER ABORTION

From Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

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- 11. NORWAY: INDUCED ABORTION: A MEANS OF POSTPONING CHILDBIRTH?

From Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

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- 12. DENMARK: LEGAL TERMINATION OF A PREGNANCY RESULTING FROM TRANSPLANTED CRYOPRESERVED OVARIAN TISSUE

From Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica

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- 13. BELGIUM: PREGABALIN AS AN ADJUVANT TO PATIENT-CONTROLLED EPIDURAL ANALGESIA DURING LATE ABORTION

From Anesthesiology

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- 14. ITALY: OBSTETRIC HOSPITALIZATIONS AMONG ITALIAN WOMEN AND IMMIGRANTS

From Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica.

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- 15. UK: ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES, REPRODUCTIVE HISTORY AND RISK OF COLORECTAL CANCER

From the British Journal of Cancer.

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- 16. THE NETHERLANDS: INDUCED ABORTION AND INFERTILITY IN YORUBA SOCIETY, NIGERIA

From Social Science and Medicine.

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- 17. GERMANY: USE OF METHOTREXATE IN YOUNG PATIENTS WITH RESPECT TO THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM

From Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology.

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