11 June 2009

Abortion and Clinical Practice

The third in a series of special editions of Abortion Review, presenting papers from the landmark BPAS conference 'The Future of Abortion'.

The BPAS conference The Future of Abortion: Controversies and Care was a groundbreaking event. It took place in Westminster, London, in the midst of a battle over the UK’s abortion law, and brought together clinicians, academics, policymakers and advocates from the UK, Europe and the USA.

To take forward the international, interdisciplinary discussion set in motion by the conference, Abortion Review is producing a series of special editions based on the papers presented there. Contributions to the third edition, Abortion and Clinical Practice, examine new developments in research and practice.

* Issues in Early Medical Abortion. Professor Mitchell Creinin, MD, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

* Issues in second trimester surgical abortion. Eleanor Drey, MD, EdM, Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California

* Abortion research developments. Daniel Grossman MD, Senior Associate at Ibis Reproductive Health

* Implementing evidence-based advances in abortion care. Mary Fjerstad, NP, MHS, Director of Quality and Learning at the Planned Parenthood Consortium of Abortion Providers

* The role of nurses. Kathy French RN

* Who can provide abortion care? The role of the mid-level providers. Marge Berer, editor of Reproductive Health Matters

Download Abortion and Clinical Practice for free here.


Special Edition 2, Abortion and Women’s Lives, examines the lived reality behind women’s need for abortion.

* Are there too many abortions? Ann Furedi, Chief Executive of BPAS

* Is repeat abortion a problem? Dr Sam Rowlands, Visiting Senior Lecturer at Warwick Medical School

* How late is too late for women? Dr Ellie Lee, Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Kent

* Why contraception fails. Professor James Trussell, Director of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University

* The morning after – what use is emergency contraception? Kate Guthrie, Clinical Director of Hull and East Riding Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Partnership

* How important is choice and care? Chris Plummer, Director of Strategy at BPAS

* What is different about young people? Lisa Hallgarten, Head of Policy and Communication at Education for Choice

Download Abortion and Women’s Lives for free here.


Special Edition 1, Abortion, Ethics, Conscience and Choice, addresses the moral dimension of the abortion debate. 

* The problem with pain: what the fetus feels. Dr Stuart Derbyshire, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Director of the Pain Research Laboratory, University of Birmingham

* The value of life: when does it begin, when does it matter? Professor John Harris, Director of the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, University of Manchester

* Presenting the case for conscience. Jon O’Brien, President of Catholics for Choice

* Presenting the case for choice. Kirsten Moore, President & CEO, Reproductive Health Technologies Project

* How late is too late for providers? Professor Lisa H. Harris, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan; Director of the University of Michigan’s Fellowship in Family Planning

* Who is ethical, who is moral? Ann Furedi, Chief Executive of BPAS

Download Abortion, Ethics, Conscience and Choice for free here.


One further special edition of Abortion Review coming out of the conference will examine ‘Abortion, Policy, and Law’.

For more information about the 2008 Future of Abortion conference, including the programme and full speakers’ biographies, please visit the conference website. A summary of the day’s proceedings is available here.