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Monthly archive: January 2011

31 January 2011

USA: Alternatives to routine ultrasound for eligibility assessment prior to early medical abortion

The study set out to test the feasibility and efficacy of an approach that foregoes the routine use of ultrasound for the determination of eligibility for medical termination of pregnancy. From BJOG.

29 January 2011

USA: How commonly do abortion patients report attempts to self-induce?

This study measures the extent to which women who access clinical abortion services in the United States report having ever used misoprostol or other substances to self-induce. From the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

29 January 2011

UK: Abortion rules ‘should be relaxed’

BPAS has asked the High Court to interpret the law in line with modern science and make it easier for women to complete terminations at home.

29 January 2011

UK: Warnings issued over later motherhood

As more women give birth over the age of 35, public health messages about contraception need to be put into perspective with information on age-related reproductive risk, says a new review in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist.

28 January 2011

Denmark: Induced first-trimester abortion and risk of mental disorder

This study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found no evidence to support the hypothesis that there is an increased risk of mental disorders after a first-trimester induced abortion.

28 January 2011

UK: IVF risks in the headlines

An editorial in the BMJ claims that about the same number of women die from IVF every year as they do from abortion; while the chair of the regulatory authority warns that couples should be informed about the risk of birth defects.

27 January 2011

AR update, 27 January 2011

New RCOG guidance highlights advances in abortion care; misoprostol and the transformation of the 'abortion pill'; US doctor charged with legal abortions; and more ...

26 January 2011

UK: New RCOG guidance highlights advances in abortion care

Britain’s Royal Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) on 22 January published, for consultation, its draft evidence-based clinical guideline, The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion.

26 January 2011

Misoprostol and the transformation of the ‘abortion pill’

Britain was one of the earliest countries to use early medical abortion. In a strange twist of legal and medical history, British women are now being penalised for it. Jennie Bristow reports.

25 January 2011

USA: Doctor charged with illegal abortions

The case of the Philadelphia doctor charged with performing illegal late abortions and infanticide has sparked a wider discussion.