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14 April 2015

Northern Ireland: Dawn Purvis announces resignation

Dawn Purvis is to step down as programme director of Northern Ireland's Marie Stopes clinic, the first private clinic to offer early medical abortions to women there under strict legal controls.

2 April 2015

USA: Woman jailed for ‘feticide’

Purvi Patel has become the first woman to be imprisoned in America for feticide, in a case that has caused outrage worldwide.

16 March 2015

UK: Crown Prosecution Service stops private prosecutions

The CPS has stopped the private prosecutions of the two doctors charged with abortion offences following the Daily Telegraph's sting investigation into 'sex-selective' abortion.

11 March 2015

UK: ‘Back Off’ campaign leads to petition for the Prime Minister

Nearly 120,000 people have signed a petition calling on David Cameron to introduce 'buffer zones' to protect women from protesters outside abortion clinics.

24 February 2015

UK: 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.

23 February 2015

UK: 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 2015

UK: 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 2015

Commentary: 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 2015

Debate – 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 2015

Commentary: 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.

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