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Monthly archive: June 2014

27 June 2014

Canada: IUD device insertions - which variables matter?

Many factors are suspected to influence the intrauterine device (IUD) insertion process. This study sought to examine the effects of a few key variables on IUD insertion tolerability, complications and follow-up issues.

26 June 2014

USA: ‘Paternity balancing’

The authors note that gestational carriers and egg donors have been used by 'traditional' and now increasingly, gay couples. Three gay male couples, all using egg donors and gestational carriers with semen from both partners, had triplets. All desired reductions to twins for the standard medical indications, but requested, if reasonably possible, to have twins with one fathered by each partner. From Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy.

23 June 2014

USA: The new challenges to the prochoice movement

The anti-choice movement has shifted its focus from making abortion illegal to making it inaccessible. Abortion remains legal in all 50 states - but a woman’s access is now largely dependent on where she lives, writes Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the U.S. National Abortion Federation.

23 June 2014

UK: Breastfeeding wars: is breast really best?

Bryony Gordon writes in the Sunday Telegraph.

17 June 2014

Denmark: Prenatal antidepressant exposure and risk of spontaneous abortion

This study set out to estimate the risk of spontaneous abortion after use of antidepressant medication during pregnancy. PLoS One.

17 June 2014

Commentary: Why the UK doesn’t need an abortion law at all

Joyce Arthur shares the experience of Canada, where abortion was decriminalised a quarter of a century ago.

17 June 2014

UK: Mumsnet finds women unhappy with miscarriage care

A survey of 1,065 women by the Mumsnet website has found that 46 per cent of women who had miscarried waited 24 hours for a scan, while one in five were kept waiting longer than three days.

16 June 2014

Event: Childbirth and the New Dad

An evening seminar in London on 1 July 2014, discussing how expectations of fathers’ involvement in childbirth have changed. Organised by BPAS with speakers from the History and Policy Forum on Parenting.

12 June 2014

Four good reasons for Britain to decriminalise abortion altogether

The most recent national abortion statistics confirm that abortion is integrated into public health policy, and provided safely and effectively to women who continue to need it. So why do we still have a criminal law?

12 June 2014

UK: Annual abortion statistics released

The Department of Health's statistics show that the abortion rate fell slightly in 2013 to 15.9 per 1,000 women, with continuing decreases in rates among women under 25 and marginal increases among women who are older.