25 February 2014UK: National conception statistics confirm trend towards older motherhood
The statistics also show a continued fall in the teenage conception rate, and changes within particular age groups in the proportion of conceptions ending in abortion.
18 December 2013The barrier to abortion is politics
Insofar as abortion is a problem today, it is a matter of its politics, not its practice, writes Ann Furedi in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care.
19 February 2014Spain: Abortion law a ‘self-made mess’
Ann Furedi writes on CNN.
13 February 2014Spain: Restrictive abortion law advances
A controversial bill in Spain to end women's right to abortion on demand is set to be passed after an opposition challenge was defeated in parliament.
12 February 2014UK: Investigations into Crisis Pregnancy Centres
Women are being wrongly warned during counselling sessions at ‘crisis pregnancy centres’ (CPCs) that an abortion could lead to serious health damage, including an increased risk of breast cancer and a propensity to sexually abuse children, an investigation by the Daily Telegraph has found. An in-depth investigation of 33 CPCs by the sexual health charity Brook, found the majority to be offering unacceptably biased and misleading information about pregnancy and abortion.
11 February 2014USA: Row over pharmacists and Plan B
A New York Times article on 7 February asked, 'What Unhealthy Products Should CVS Stop Selling?' - and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggested emergency contraception. Pro-choice advocates have issued a strong response.
6 February 2014UK: Abortion and contraceptive failure
Data released by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) indicates that two thirds (66%) of women having an abortion at its clinics reported using a form of contraception when they conceived.
5 February 2014Analysis: Drinking in pregnancy – what do we know?
Health professionals and policymakers are drawing increasing attention to women’s alcohol consumption during pregnancy: to the point where women who are pregnant, or thinking of becoming pregnant, are officially advised to abstain from alcohol altogether. But how much do we know about the effects of alcohol upon the developing fetus? And does this justify the current guidance?
4 February 2014USA: Lowest abortion rate since 1973
Research by the Guttmacher Institute suggests that state-level restrictions are not the cause.
3 February 2014Abortion debate: Should there be limits to choice?
Ann Furedi of BPAS, and Suchitra Dalvie of the Asia Safe Abortion Partnership, challenge the way fears over sex selection have been used to undermine women's abortion rights.
3 February 2014Analysis: What’s the problem with older mothers?
This Q&A reviews the scientific and medical debates about later motherhood, seeking a balance between understanding the biological barriers to having babies in later life, and the lived reality – that many women do have healthy pregnancies in their late thirties. It situates this discussion in its wider social context, and indicates the policy implications that might flow from a trend towards later maternal age.