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Monthly archive: November 2011

25 November 2011

The Concept of Fetal Life: Politics Drives Perception

Ann Furedi, chief executive of BPAS, reviews Sara Dubow's book Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America.

24 November 2011

UK: New evidence-based guideline on abortion published

Women who have an abortion should not be forced to undergo mandatory counselling before the procedure, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has said in new guidance.

24 November 2011

EU: Terminations of pregnancy in the European Union

The authors of this study concluded that the large variation of termination of pregnancy rates between EU member states suggests that rates may be reduced in some countries without restricting women's access to termination. From BJOG.

22 November 2011

UK: Medical abortion and the ‘golden rule’ of statutory interpretation

This article reviews the case of BPAS v the Secretary of State for Health [2011] EWHC 235. From Medical Law Review.

14 November 2011

USA: A need to expand our thinking about ‘repeat’ abortions

The authors note that women who have more than one abortion are often the 'targets' for social and clinical interventions geared at preventing 'repeat abortions'. Such an approach ignores the unique circumstances that may surround each abortion. From Contraception.

14 November 2011

USA: ‘Personhood’ amendment fails in Mississippi

A constitutional amendment that would have defined a fertilized egg as a person failed on the ballot in Mississippi on 8 November, the Washington Post reports.

14 November 2011

Event: Sex, feminism and late abortion

BPAS sponsored three sessions at the recent London Battle of Ideas festival. Report by Jennie Bristow.

13 November 2011

World Health Organization: Medical methods for first trimester abortion

The study set out to compare different medical methods for first trimester abortion. From Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

13 November 2011

Japan: Confusion and ethical issues surrounding the role of midwives in childbirth and abortion

This qualitative study describes midwives' experiences in providing care in both pregnancy termination and childbirth in Japan. From Nursing and Health Sciences.

13 November 2011

Canada: Advanced reproductive age and fertility

The study's objective was to improve awareness of the natural age-related decline in female and male fertility with respect to natural fertility and assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and provide recommendations for their management, and to review investigations in the assessment of ovarian aging. From Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada.