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Monthly archive: October 2006

31 October 2006

The mental health ‘risks’ of abortion

Ellie Lee examines the basis for claims in the Times (London) that ‘abortion exposes women to higher risk of depression’.

30 October 2006

Doctors’ letter sparks debate over abortion and mental health

In a letter to The Times (London) on 27 October, 15 senior obstetricians and psychiatrists claimed that women who have abortions are risking depression and other mental illness and should be told of the dangers.

27 October 2006

Nicaragua bans abortions

Nicaragua on 26 October approved a sweeping new law banning abortions - even in cases where the mother's life is at risk.

18 October 2006

Abortion and breast cancer

A study published in the International Journal of Cancer has found that abortion does not affect the risk of breast cancer.

18 October 2006

Tory MP pursues abortion restrictions

Tory MP Nadine Dorries has resigned from a Parliamentary select committee to work on reducing the time-limit on abortion.

16 October 2006

Magazine launches pro-choice petition

As the South Dakota vote on abortion approaches, Ms magazine publishes 5000 names.

11 October 2006

UK government profiles the state of the nation’s health

The UK government on 10 October published Health Challenge England: Next Steps for Choosing Health, and Health Profile of England, mapping out the public health records within the country.

9 October 2006

Science, smiling fetuses, and the abortion debate

The notion that 4-D images provide an argument against abortion is based more on emotion than science. Comment by Ellie Lee.

4 October 2006

Misconceptions over ‘walking’ fetuses

Sophisticated ultrasound scans that show fetuses as early as 12 weeks appearing to 'walk' in the womb have had a dangerous impact on the public debate over abortion, leading doctors and scientists have said.