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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.

EDITOR'S CHOICE

21 January 2015

Event: Decriminalisation and demedicalisation - Rethinking family planning for the 21st century

London, Wednesday 10 June 2015. A joint conference hosted by BPAS and the Royal Society of Medicine's Sexuality and Sexual Health Section.

24 February 2015

UK: 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 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.

5 February 2015

UK: 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 2015

Britain’s abortion law - why doctors are so important

Jennie Bristow explains why clinical discretion is central to the Abortion Act.

3 February 2015

UK: 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.

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