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Monthly archive: February 2011

28 February 2011

France: Evaluation of a urinary test as a diagnostic tool of a nonprogressive pregnancy

The study set out to evaluate the performance of a one-step test detecting intact hCG and free β-hCG isoforms in the urine of pregnant women to diagnose an abnormal pregnancy. From Fertility and Sterility.

27 February 2011

USA: Spontaneous and selective reduction before 12 weeks’ gestation in triplet pregnancies

The study set out to determine the prevalence and the relative benefits conferred by selective and spontaneous reduction of one or more fetuses in trichorionic triamniotic triplet pregnancies on time to delivery. From Fertility and Sterility.

21 February 2011

USA: Vote to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding

Republicans have voted to cut money for contraceptives, HIV tests, cancer screenings and reproductive health services as part of an attempt to weaken the abortion provider, the Huffington Post reports.

18 February 2011

Netherlands: Medical methods for mid-trimester termination of pregnancy

From Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

17 February 2011

Our 10-year struggle to improve abortion care

‘Not so much Yes Minister as The Thick of It…’ Ann Furedi, chief executive of BPAS, reports on her fight with health officials for sensible abortion services.

17 February 2011

Comment: Abortion is quietly shoved off the agenda again

The High Court has quashed a practical way to protect women in need of an early termination. Ideology has trumped clinical need, writes Zoe Williams in the Guardian.

17 February 2011

USA: South Dakota homicide bill postponed

A state bill to expand the definition of justifiable homicide to include killing someone in the defence of an unborn child has been indefinitely postponed after an uproar over whether it would put abortion providers at greater risk.

14 February 2011

UK: Legal challenge on home abortions rejected

BPAS responds to the High Court's rejection of its legal bid to allow women having an early medical abortion to take the second medication at home.

14 February 2011

How Britain’s abortion law punishes women

Awaiting the UK High Court's ruling on home use of the second early medical abortion drug, Jennie Bristow wonders why politicians are so selective in allowing doctors to make decisions about abortion.

2 February 2011

USA: Research finds that most men supportive of abortion decisions

Eighty-two percent of women obtaining abortions in the United States report that the men by whom they got pregnant knew about the abortion, and nearly eight in 10 perceived these men to be supportive, research by the Guttmacher Institute shows.