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Monthly archive: December 2012

28 December 2012

UK: Dedicated NHS service recommended for women with a suspected miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy

The NHS should consider setting up dedicated services for pregnant women who may have an ectopic pregnancy or who experience pain or bleeding before 13 weeks gestation, according to a new guideline published in December by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the diagnosis and management of ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage in early pregnancy.

24 December 2012

UK: Cross-party inquiry into unplanned pregnancy publishes findings

The report of the Amber Rudd inquiry places particular emphasis on sex and relationships education in schools.

20 December 2012

Comment: On abortion, both Britain and Ireland need to rediscover the spirit of 67

We pander to the anti-abortion lobby, and are too willing to settle for a few scraps of reproductive rights, writes Zoe Williams in the Guardian.

20 December 2012

Event: Fertility Treatment: A Life-Changing Event?

The Progress Educational Trust’s annual conference discussed the impact of policy, stress, nutrition, age and ‘bad habits’ on the success of fertility treatment. Jennie Bristow reports.

19 December 2012

Ireland: Government to legislate for abortion

The Irish government has announced it will legislate for abortion in circumstances where the mother's life is at risk.

19 December 2012

UK: Row over ‘compulsory abortion’ suggestion

A UKIP candidate who called for an NHS review to look at compulsory abortion of fetuses with Down's syndrome or spina bifida has been suspended, BBC News Online reports.

11 December 2012

UK: The royal fetus in the spotlight

The confirmation of Kate Middleton's pregnancy has sparked some insightful commentary about today's tendency to see a woman's pregnancy as a public spectacle, and her fetus as a person in its own right.

11 December 2012

UK: Short term outcomes after extreme preterm birth in England - the EPICure studies

The study's objective was to determine survival and neonatal morbidity for babies born between 22 and 26 weeks’ gestation in England during 2006, and to evaluate changes in outcome since 1995 for babies born between 22 and 25 weeks’ gestation. From the British Medical Journal.

10 December 2012

USA: Ruling in anti-abortion car licence-plate dispute

North Carolina cannot issue anti-abortion 'Choose Life' licence plates without offering drivers plates with other viewpoints, a federal has judged ruled.