18 July 2013UK: 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 2013UK: 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 2013France: 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 2013Comment: 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 2013New Zealand: Do new prenatal tests signal the end of Down syndrome?
From New Zealand Medical Journal.
8 March 2013Denmark: Attitudes towards prenatal testing and termination of pregnancy
From Acta Obstetricia Gynecologica Scandinavica.
20 February 2013Canada: 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 2013Abortion 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 2012UK: 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 2012UK: 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.