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Monthly archive: May 2010

27 May 2010

Northern Ireland: Anti-abortion campaigners challenge government guidelines

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has won permission to seek a judicial review of the controversial guidance.

26 May 2010

Northern Ireland: Abortion law should change, gynaecologists suggest

A survey claims that the majority of gynaecologists in Northern Ireland 'do not support the current abortion law as it stands'.

25 May 2010

UK: Abortion statistics show small decline

The abortion rate has dropped for the second year running in England and Wales, official statistics show.

24 May 2010

UK: New guidance published on advance provision of emergency contraception

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that pharmacies should offer the morning-after pill in advance, particularly for those under 25.

24 May 2010

AR update, 25 May 2010

UK abortion statistics show small decline; new guidance published on advance provision of emergency contraception; Cochrane review on cervical preparation for first trimester surgical abortion; a comparison of transabdominal and transvaginal ultrasonography in Early Medical Abortion, and more...

24 May 2010

Misoprostol to terminate pregnancy in the second or third trimester

The study's objectives were to compare the benefits and harms of misoprostol to induce labour to terminate pregnancy in the second and third trimester for women with a fetal anomaly or after intrauterine fetal death when compared with other methods of induction of labour. From Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

24 May 2010

Clinical Update: Home management of Early Medical Abortion

By Patricia Lohr, Medical Director, BPAS.

21 May 2010

UK: Flexible mifepristone and misoprostol administration interval for first-trimester abortion

This was a systematic review of randomized controlled trials published from 1999 to 2008 to assess the evidence for a shorter mifepristone and misoprostol administration interval at first trimester medical termination. From Contraception.

21 May 2010

Tunisia: Two medical abortion regimens for late first-trimester termination of pregnancy

The authors concluded that for late first-trimester termination, a single 800-mcg vaginal dose of misoprostol seems to be as effective as the mifepristone+misoprostol regimen, with acceptable side effects. From Contraception.

21 May 2010

China: Mifepristone-induced abortion and duration of third stage labour in a subsequent pregnancy

The study did not provide evidence that one mifepristone-induced abortion was associated with the risk of prolonged third stage of labour in a subsequent pregnancy in primiparae. From Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology.