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Monthly archive: December 2014

23 December 2014

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

Katha Pollitt's new book cuts through the defensiveness of the pro-choice movement, writes Ann Furedi.

18 December 2014

UK: Scottish midwives ruling clarifies scope of conscientious objection

The UK’s Supreme Court has ruled that two Catholic midwives do not have the right to refuse to help other nurses with abortion procedures or planning.

18 December 2014

UK: MPs support call for buffer zones

Yvette Cooper, the Shadow Home Secretary, says that pro-life campaigners should be banned from harassing women attending abortion clinics.

17 December 2014

UK: Guidance on antenatal and postnatal mental health problems

New guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends more support for women suffering from a fear of childbirth and those who have experienced a traumatic birth or miscarriage.

17 December 2014

Northern Ireland: Bernadette Smyth sentenced

An anti-abortion protester convicted of harassing a Marie Stopes clinic director has been sentenced to 100 hours community service.

11 December 2014

Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission challenges abortion law

The Northern Ireland human rights commission (NIHRC) is to take the devolved government in Belfast to the high court over its refusal to reform the abortion law.

8 December 2014

UK: Drinking in pregnancy not a crime, court rules

A child born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is not legally entitled to compensation after her mother drank excessively while pregnant, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

7 December 2014

Italy: Doctors refuse to perform abortions

Italian women are being deprived of the right to an abortion, as the Vatican's influence over the country's health system results in the hiring of doctors who refuse to undertake the procedure on moral grounds, a group of the country's pro-choice doctors has warned.

7 December 2014

UK: Pregnant woman leaves anti-abortion protesters speechless

A video in which protesters picketing a London abortion clinic are challenged by a pregnant passerby has gone viral after being posted on YouTube.

7 December 2014

UK: Private prosecution brought in ‘sex selection’ case

A doctor has appeared in court accused of offering an abortion based on the sex of the fetus in a private prosecution launched by an anti-abortion campaigner.