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Monthly archive: February 2012

27 February 2012

Sex selection and the abortion counselling conspiracy

The Daily Telegraph’s allegations about sex selective abortion are part of a shameless attempt to discredit abortion providers and provide a justification for the Department of Health’s reforms to abortion counselling services, argues Jennie Bristow.

23 February 2012

A day in the life of a pregnancy options counsellor

By Cath Sutton, BPAS London East.

16 February 2012

USA: Abortion law in the internet age

The UK Independent reports on the case of Jennie Linn McCormack, the single mother in Idaho who took the abortion pill and 'is now fighting a landmark prosecution in a conservative state'.

14 February 2012

UK: Christians and conservative voters not opposed to abortion, say polls

Recent indications of public opinion, commissioned from different sources, cast doubt on the presumption that voters who identify themselves as Conservative or Christian favour a tightening of the abortion laws.

13 February 2012

USA: Compromise announced on contraceptive coverage row

The White House has announced modified plans to require all women to have access to contraception, attempting to stem anger from Catholic leaders, BBC News Online reports.

6 February 2012

Event - Abortion in the US: Popularity, Politics and Practice

Carol Sanger, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, will give the BPAS 2012 Public Lecture in London, 7 March.

6 February 2012

UK: A ‘fast-track’ referral service for intrauterine contraception following early medical abortion

This study found that only half the women fast-tracked for intrauterine contraception actually attended and these tended to be women who were pre-existing clients of the family planning clinic. From Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care.

5 February 2012

South Africa: Pitfalls of abortion counselling in a secular constitutional order

This paper describes how abortion counselling has historically, in many different contexts, been saturated with questionable assumptions about women and their bodies. From Culture, Health and Sexuality.

3 February 2012

USA: The comparative safety of legal induced abortion and childbirth in the United States

This study found that the risk of death associated with childbirth is approximately 14 times higher than that with abortion, and that the overall morbidity associated with childbirth exceeds that with abortion. From Obstetrics and Gynecology.