28 July 2014UK: Charities intervene in court case to defend pregnant women’s freedom
An unprecedented hearing to decide whether a child whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy should receive compensation could criminalise pregnant women's behaviour, claim BPAS and Birthrights.
31 July 2014What do young people in Britain really think about abortion?
Polls can tell us something about attitudes, and statistics can tell is something about behaviour. But they can’t tell us everything we want to know. Jennie Bristow reviews the surveys.
28 July 2014UK: Contraceptive needs of new mothers
A quarter of new mothers resume sex by 6 weeks, research by British Pregnancy Advisory Service shows.
25 July 2014UK: IVF accused of contributing to ‘bloated carbon footprint’
Ethics lecturers say single women and same sex couples should be advised to adopt and refused fertility treatment in a bid to save the planet.
22 July 2014UK: Couples travel for IVF
Some British couples are having IVF treatment in America to select the sex of their child, an IVF doctor has said; and more choose to have a girl than a boy.
17 July 2014UK: Average age of motherhood reaches 30 for first time
New data from the Office for National Statistics indicates the continued trend towards older motherhood, and a fall in the birth rate.
14 July 2014Norway: Sex ratios of children born to Indian immigrants
This study found that contrary to findings from earlier periods, Indian-born women in Norway gave birth to more girls than boys of higher order in the period 2006-2012. From BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.
14 July 2014The CO debate: ‘Conscientious Objection’ is still dishonourable disobedience
An article by Joyce Arthur and Christian Fiala arguing 'Why We Need to Ban "Conscientious Objection" in Reproductive Health Care' provoked much discussion. Here, Arthur and Fiala respond to their critics.
14 July 2014UK: Wales lags behind on antenatal screening
A new screening test for Down's syndrome is still not available across the Welsh NHS, six years after guidelines said it should be, BBC News Online reports.
11 July 2014Poland: Doctor dismissed for refusing abortion
A Polish doctor who refused on faith grounds to perform an abortion on a woman has been dismissed, Warsaw's mayor says.
3 July 2014Ireland: Department of Health releases abortion guidelines
Detailed guidance on the circumstances in which a woman may legally have an abortion – when there is a real and substantial threat to her life – have been circulated to some health professionals.