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Monthly archive: June 2012

29 June 2012

USA: Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act

The US Supreme Court has voted by a 5-4 ruling that President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reform act is constitutional.

29 June 2012

Event: Freedom of speech, anti-abortion protestors and women: Rights and Limits

The BPAS 2012 public debate will be held in central London on the evening of Tuesday 11 September.

28 June 2012

UK: Timing is everything: the demarcation of ‘later’ abortions in Scotland

Drawing on semi-structured interviews with Scottish health professionals, the author explores the discursive practices through which they demarcate 'later' abortion as a problematic decision. From Social Studies of Science.

15 June 2012

USA: Expectant care versus surgical treatment for miscarriage

The authors concluded that expectant management led to a higher risk of incomplete miscarriage, need for unplanned (or additional) surgical emptying of the uterus, bleeding and need for transfusion. From Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

15 June 2012

Switzerland: Perioperative antibiotics to prevent infection after first-trimester abortion

The authors concluded that antibiotic prophylaxis at the time of first trimester surgical abortion is effective in preventing post-abortal upper genital tract infection; however, the effect might not apply to all settings, population groups or interventions. From Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

15 June 2012

UK: Follow-up for improving psychological well being for women after a miscarriage

The authors concluded that evidence is insufficient to demonstrate that psychological support such as counselling is effective post-miscarriage. From Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

14 June 2012

Abortion and the thirty-something woman

Women in their early thirties are having both more babies and more abortions. How do we account for this shift? By Jennie Bristow.

14 June 2012

Commentary: Why I’m Proud to Be an Abortion Doctor

A BPAS doctor, working in a BPAS clinic in London, writes in the Huffington Post UK.

13 June 2012

Commentary: Keep abortion out of adoption policy

Jennie Bristow criticises the new official strategy that encourages women seeking abortion to give birth and do adoption instead.