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Monthly archive: March 2012

31 March 2012

‘Abortion industry’: A slur on the women who support their choice

Clare Murphy, BPAS Director of External Affairs, discusses the impact that campaigners' vilification of abortion providers is having on women inside the clinics.

30 March 2012

USA: Antiabortion violence in the United States

This study was conducted to determine if an association exists between the amount of harassment and violence directed against abortion providers and the restrictiveness of state laws relating to family planning. From Contraception.

30 March 2012

USA: The relationship between state abortion-restrictions and homicide deaths among children under 5

The purpose of this study is to explore whether, in the U.S., there are associations between state-level variations in mortality among young children and state abortion restriction policies - such as parental-consent requirements, parental-notification requirements, mandatory delay laws, and restrictions on Medicaid funding for abortion. From Social Science and Medicine.

29 March 2012

Concerns about public discussion on abortion provision

A letter to the Guardian on 29 March, signed by senior clinicians and academics involved in abortion care and research, argues that 'there appears to be determined effort by some politicians and sections of the media to present a profoundly misleading picture of how abortion provision works, the nature of the law as it stands, and the experiences of women.'

26 March 2012

UK: Anti-abortionists grow bold after making friends in high places

'This is a witch-hunt,' say abortion providers, who claim spot checks on clinics have political motives. The Guardian reports.

26 March 2012

‘Abortion: the case for change’

A Guardian editorial on 26 March argues that 'A woman's right to choose is not best defended by legislation that on paper at least excludes her views'.

23 March 2012

UK: Health Secretary launches shock wave of inspections on abortion clinics

The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, yesterday announced to the UK media that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) would be carrying out a series of ‘unannounced inspections’ on abortion clinics throughout the UK to ensure that doctors are complying with the ‘spirit and the letter’ of the 1967 Abortion Act. Jennie Bristow reports.

23 March 2012

UK: Abortion clinic checks ‘politically driven’

The chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has said that the health secretary's ordering of unannounced inspections at abortion clinics in England is 'politically driven.

22 March 2012

Commentary: The Abortion Act’s paternalism belongs to the 1960s

Women, not doctors, should decide whether they need an abortion, writes Sally Sheldon in the Guardian.

19 March 2012

Why anti-abortion activists should not intimidate women

Ann Furedi, chief executive of BPAS, writes on CNN.