Monthly archive: February 2015
24 February 2015UK: Bruce amendment on ‘sex selective abortion’ fails in Parliament
MPs have defeated a cross-party bid to put into the law that abortion on the grounds of sex is illegal in the UK. The proposed amendment to the Serious Crime Bill was rejected by a majority of 91 votes.
24 February 2015UK: Conception statistics show continuing trend of later motherhood
The number of teenage girls who become pregnant is the lowest since records began, but there has been a marked increase in the number of over 35s giving birth.
23 February 2015UK: Opposition to Bruce amendment grows
MPs are due to vote on an amendment today that would formally ban women from aborting fetuses because of their sex.
17 February 2015UK: Warning about effect of the Bruce amendment on women at risk of fetal anomaly
A briefing from Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) and Genetic Alliance UK outlines some of the dangers posed by Fiona Bruce's amendment to the Serious Crime Bill on abortion for fetal sex.
17 February 2015Commentary: Sex-selective abortion and honour-based violence
The Bruce amendment could lead to vulnerable women in abusive situations being victimised further, writes Shaheen Hashmat.
17 February 2015Debate – Abortion and protest: Do we need buffer zones?
A meeting organised by the London Legal Salon in February debated the question of whether buffer zones should be established outside abortion clinics in Britain. Here, we reproduce the speeches for and against.
10 February 2015Commentary: Criminalising women to protect them? Abortion law proposal is seriously flawed
Sally Sheldon, Professor of Law at the University of Kent, writes on The Conversation.
5 February 2015UK: FGM trial highlights the dangers of ‘political’ prosecutions
The swift acquittal of Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, the hospital doctor accused of performing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on a patient whose baby he had just delivered, is a welcome affirmation of doctors’ integrity and juries’ common sense. By Jennie Bristow.
4 February 2015Britain’s abortion law - why doctors are so important
Jennie Bristow explains why clinical discretion is central to the Abortion Act.
3 February 2015UK: Parliament approves ‘three-person’ mitochondrial gene therapy
MPs have voted in favour of making Britain the first country in the world to permit IVF babies to be created using biological material from three different people to help prevent serious genetic diseases.