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Monthly archive: November 2014

28 November 2014

UK: Row over cancellation of Oxford University abortion debate

A debate has raged in the national press over the cancellation of a debate hosted by Oxford Students for Life, on the motion 'This House Believes Britain's Abortion Culture Hurts Us All'.

24 November 2014

Canada: New study finds variation in abortion access and method

The early findings of a 2012 survey, presented in Quebec City and published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, suggests access to abortion services vary widely depending on province, and whether a woman resides in a rural or urban area.

21 November 2014

Northern Ireland: Anti-abortion protester found guilty of harassing clinic director

Bernadette Smyth, who leads the anti-abortion group Precious Life, has been convicted of harassing Dawn Purvis, director of the Marie Stopes clinic in Belfast.

12 November 2014

UK: Women’s access to abortion care threatened by ruling on conscientious objection

The UK’s highest court has heard an appeal against a Scottish court ruling that vastly broadened the scope of conscientious objection in abortion care.

10 November 2014

UK: ‘Sex selection’ witch-hunt against doctors continues

A doctor has been ordered to appear in a criminal court accused of planning an abortion based on the sex of the fetus, in a private prosecution brought by an anti-abortion campaigner.

5 November 2014

UK: Why pregnant women’s drinking should not be a criminal offence

A court case being heard on criminal injuries compensation for a child whose mother drank during pregnancy could pave the way to the criminalisation of pregnant women's behaviour, warn two charities intervening in the case.

5 November 2014

Thinking beyond the abortion law

At meeting at the House of Commons on 16 October 2014, doctors, lawyers and others working in abortion care began a new campaign for reform of Britain’s antiquated abortion law. Jennie Bristow reports.

4 November 2014

UK: Abortion (Sex-Selection) Ten Minute Rule Bill

Fiona Bruce, a Conservative MP who has brought a number of attempts to restrict abortion, on 4 November introduced a Bill calling for a 'clarification' that 'nothing' in the Abortion Act 'allows a pregnancy to be terminated on the grounds of the sex of the unborn child'.