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18 July 2013

UK: Bruce Inquiry publishes report

The report of the ‘Parliamentary Inquiry into Abortion on the Grounds of Fetal Disabillity’, chaired by the Conservative backbench MP Fiona Bruce, shows much prejudice, and strikingly little compassion.

13 June 2013

UK: Interest in new prenatal screening techniques

A new study of non-invasive prenatal screening techniques for Down's syndrome attracted widespread media coverage.

1 May 2013

France: Continuation of pregnancy after first-trimester exposure to mifepristone

This study set out to report the follow-up of continuing pregnancies after first-trimester exposure to mifepristone. From BJOG.

23 April 2013

Comment: Would you abort a disabled child?

I didn't know about my son's autism in the womb, but society's focus should be on making life better for those with disabilities, writes Kristina Chew in the Guardian.

2 April 2013

New Zealand: Do new prenatal tests signal the end of Down syndrome?

From New Zealand Medical Journal.

8 March 2013

Denmark: Attitudes towards prenatal testing and termination of pregnancy

From Acta Obstetricia Gynecologica Scandinavica.

20 February 2013

Canada: Instruments for chorionic villus sampling for prenatal diagnosis

The objective of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of different instruments and techniques used to obtain chorionic tissue in early pregnancy by the transabdominal or transcervical route. From Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.

31 January 2013

Abortion for fetal abnormality: We can trust women to make decisions that are right

The inquiry into abortion on the grounds of disability is seeking solutions to problems that don’t exist – and ignoring those problems that do, argues Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

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.

19 September 2012

UK: Anti-abortion campaigners use Paralympics to attack abortion for fetal anomaly

The success of the Paralympics should trigger a rethink of Britain’s abortion laws to make it illegal to terminate a pregnancy because a child will be born disabled, a coalition of campaigners and charities argues in a letter to the Daily Telegraph.

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