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Monthly archive: December 2008

19 December 2008

Archbishop of Canterbury issues veiled attack on abortion

Dr Rowan Williams used his Christmas address to insist on the sanctity of life from conception until natural death

18 December 2008

Fetal tissue donation, STI screening, and improving contraception

Abigail Fitzgibbon, BPAS press and public policy officer, reports on the recent Medical and Nursing Conference.

18 December 2008

The role of nurses in abortion services

Lisa Maith, parliamentary officer of the Royal College of Nursing, discusses the background to the RCN's new guidance.

17 December 2008

Comment: The real issue behind the abortion debate

Reproductive justice for women cannot be separated from women's economic and social well-being, argues Jeanne Flavin in the San Francisco Chronicle.

16 December 2008

USA: Loss rates with multifetal pregnancy reduction

This study, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was undertaken to report on the outcome of multifetal pregnancy reduction in the most up-to-date largest single centre experience with this procedure.

12 December 2008

UK: The quality of young people’s heterosexual relationships

A study published in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health finds that most young people evaluate their early sexual experiences positively.

12 December 2008

DIY kits for vasectomy checks

A new test that can be carried out at home claims to allow men to check whether their vasectomy has been successful.

12 December 2008

USA: Couples’ pregnancy intentions and pregnancy behaviour

A study published in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health examined whether parents of newborns considered abortion upon learning of the pregnancy and whether this measure of pregnancy intention is associated with their behaviours during pregnancy or with infant birth weight.

10 December 2008

UK: Contraceptive pill to be available over the counter

A pilot scheme allowing pharmacists in two London Primary Care Trusts to give women the contraceptive pill without a prescription has been given the go-ahead for next year.

9 December 2008

UK Government and industry celebrate 25 years of OTC medicines

In 2007, people bought over 976 million packs of medicines from pharmacists, compared to the 57 million GP consultations involving minor ailments.