Decriminalisation of abortion: a discussion paper from the BMA, UK

“The British Medical Association currently does not have policy on the decriminalisation of abortion, and this paper does not include recommendations about whether, and if so how, abortion should be decriminalised. Instead, a number of arguments, put forward by others, … Continued

FEATURE: Abortion stories: making women’s lives visible USA, UK, Ireland, Pakistan

  USA Pregnant against their will, with few options, and fearing for their lives and safety “I’m in the family way again, and I’m nearly crazy, for when my husband finds out that I’m going to have another baby, he … Continued

Abortion law reform in the NI assembly faces delays, but two prosecutions in the courts going ahead

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The Belfast Telegraph apparently always talks about medical abortion pills as “poison” in articles about these prosecutions, using the outdated terminology in the 1861 Offences against the Person Act, the antiquated law under which all the prosecutions are taking place. In fact the pills are on the WHO Essential Medicines List. The Northern Ireland Alliance for Choice has written to the newspaper many times to protest this misnomer but they still use it. The law itself is also still being used to prosecute women across the UK and in many former British colonies, where it also remains on the statute books.

Our bodies, our choice: The case for a Scottish approach to abortion

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This joint report from Engender, Amnesty Scotland, NUS Scotland, Close the Gap, Scottish Women’s Aid, Rape Crisis Scotland and Zero Tolerance sets out women’s international and domestic reproductive rights, including the case for decriminalisation, the implications of restricted access to abortion for women’s equality and for diverse groups of women, current gaps in service provision in Scotland, and the political and social context in Scotland.

UK: How a newspaper can help to misrepresent expert views

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In a 30 October 2016 article pretending to be a news report, a UK newspaper reported that the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RCOG) had been accused of calling for abortion of all fetuses diagnosed with Down’s syndrome antenatally because, according to their headline, “it costs too much to care for them”. This is not the RCOG’s position. But the newspaper got itself a juicy story and made the RCOG, who never said any such thing, look like a villian.

Paediatric pathologist quits over Northern Ireland’s abortion law

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Dr Caroline Gannon, a paediatric pathologist, has resigned over NI’s abortion law in relation to fatal fetal abnormality. She said the final straw was when she had to advise a couple to use a picnic cooler bag to return their baby’s remains to NI for examination following an abortion in England.

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