27 January 2013

UK: Whither abortion policy in Britain?

This commentary by Dr Ellie Lee, in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, is accompanied with an audio interview discussing the current situation regarding government policy on abortion in Britain.

The commentary begins by setting out the ways in which the policy of the Coalition Government appears to differ from that of the New Labour administration. It notes that 2012 brought furious debate about abortion services, focusing on counselling, ‘sex-selection’ abortion, signing of HSA1 forms and, most recently, the upper time limit, and discusses what has emerged to date from these furores. Finally, thoughts are offered on how to respond to the problems raised by the current approach of policymakers.

In a JFPRHC podcast, available to listen for free here, Ellie Lee discusses how moral qualms are being presented as medical arguments, and how the attitudes of our politicians prevents implementation of good evidence based practice.

Whither abortion policy in Britain? Lee, EJ. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care 2013;39:5-8 doi:10.1136/jfprhc-2012-100373