23 January 2014January digest: Bad news stories
This has so far been the year of bad news about abortion. But the striking thing is how these stories illustrate the widespread confusion, among those working in policy and the media, about what the abortion law does, how the abortion service works, and - above all - how abortion should be regulated.
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.
23 January 2014UK: Regulating ‘good faith’
The aim of the government’s consultation on the regulation of abortion clinics seems to be a tightening, not a lightening, of the rules. By Jennie Bristow, editor, Reproductive Review.
23 January 2014UK: Ethics of home birth questioned
The authors of a paper published in the Journal of Medical Ethics argue that the 'avoidable, foreseeable disability' that could be caused, in particular by delays in access to emergency care for new-borns, should 'weigh heavily' on parents’ decision about whether to give birth at home.
23 January 2014UK: Women denied fertility treatment because of ‘unfair’ rules
Most clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will not fund treatments for women if their partners smoke, are obese, drink too much or have children from a previous relationship, warns a report by the National Infertility Awareness Campaign.
22 January 2014Q&A – Britain’s abortion law
This Q&A explains what does the 1967 Abortion Act does; what it means for doctors to 'act in good faith'; what 'risk to health' means; why it is legal to terminate a pregnancy because of a woman's social or financial circumstances; the legal situation surrounding abortion for fetal sex and the pre-signing of authorisation forms; and why the British law does not give women 'abortion on demand'.
20 January 2014The Times – leading in two directions on abortion
What does the Times (London) think about abortion? It clearly depends on who is writing the editorials on the day.
20 January 2014France: Proposed equality law includes abortion, paternity leave and child beauty pageants
The French parliament has been asked to approve a wide-ranging bill enforcing equality for women in their personal and professional lives.
15 January 2014Q&A – Sex ratios and abortion
What is the basis for the Independent's extraordinary claim that the ‘commonplace’ practice of sex selection abortion has led to ‘between 1,400 and 4,700’ missing girls in Britain?
15 January 2014USA: More abortion restrictions enacted in 2011-2013 than in the previous decade
Over the course of 2013, 39 states enacted 141 provisions related to reproductive health and rights, the Guttmacher Institute reports. Half of these new provisions, 70 in 22 states, sought to restrict access to abortion services.
8 January 2014Abortion law: the lessons from Spain
In an unstable climate, neither legal principles nor political pragmatism can prevent women and doctors from finding themselves suddenly exposed to criminal sanction. By Jennie Bristow, editor, Reproductive Review.