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13 February 2014

Spain: 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.

EDITOR'S CHOICE

18 December 2013

The 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.

12 February 2014

UK: 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 2014

USA: 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 2014

UK: 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 2014

Analysis: 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 2014

USA: Lowest abortion rate since 1973

Research by the Guttmacher Institute suggests that state-level restrictions are not the cause.

3 February 2014

Israel: Fetal reduction in triplet gestations: twins still fare better

From Israel Medical Association Journal.

3 February 2014

Abortion 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 2014

Analysis: 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.

3 February 2014

Event report: Double Take – Twins in genetics and fertility treatment

Progress Educational Trust’s annual conference tackled a number of contentious issues.

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