Over the past few months, there has been a consultation by the government of Gibraltar, which is a British Overseas Territory, but is not covered by the abortion law of Great Britain. The reason for the consultation is that the judgment of the UK Supreme Court in regard to the abortion law of Northern Ireland will also affect Gibraltar, whose law is not compliant. The consultation document proposed a very narrow reform of the law. … Continued
Since 2012, we have seen the widespread international implementation of cell-free DNA screening techniques for Down syndrome, commonly known as NIPT. It involves a simple maternal blood draw. This test is now well-established in the private sector, and public health systems are gradually adopting the procedure as a much more reliable way of assessing the chance that a fetus has Down syndrome.
Pope Francis has compared having an abortion to “hiring a hitman to resolve a problem”…. Some careful reasoning shows that comparing abortion with contract murder equates two acts that are far from obviously morally equivalent.
Finally, women in England can use misoprostol at home The Department of Health and Social Care has announced that it will legalise the home use of misoprostol in England by the end of 2018 so that women are able to choose whether to use misoprostol at home rather than at a clinic. They will still have to take the mifepristone pills at the prescribing clinic first, however. The current, out-of-date system requires two visits to … Continued
by DN Duffy, C Pierson, P Best BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health 4 September 2018 Web searches in mid-2016 using four search terms from the perspective of someone seeking abortion services found 619 web pages, 83 of which related to accessing services – 22 pages from Ireland, 31 from Northern Ireland, and 30 from England. Only 31 were judged good or excellent. The relevance of information retrieved varied. Almost half of all results in … Continued
A new report, Social media, SRE and Sensible Drinking: Understanding the dramatic decline in teenage pregnancy, by Bpas, published in July 2018, examined key trends in teenage lifestyles and outlook, as well as young people’s experience of sex and relationships education (SRE) and use of contraception. It is based on qualitative and quantitative research conducted by YouGov and Bpas with four online focus groups and a demographically weighted survey of 1,004 16-18 year olds. The report’s … Continued
The Abortion Reform Bill was approved in full by the Legislative Council on 6 July 2018. There were 71 proposed amendments but efforts by the one Council member who was against the bill to add restrictions to the various clauses, a bishop, all failed. Numerous, mainly technical amendments were approved, as well as an amendment to ensure that fetal remains would continue to be treated with respect. The final vote was 8-1 in favour. The … Continued
Pro-choice campaigners hoped the Irish referendum result would put pressure on the Gibraltar government, but it seems it will not, at least in the short run. A government spokeswoman was quoted in the media as saying: “We have already dealt with progressive issues like civil partnerships and equal marriage… The Cabinet has not considered changing this [abortion] policy.” She added that they did not have a mandate to change the law as it was not … Continued
Members of the Royal College of Nursing have “signalled support” for removing criminal sanctions from the UK’s legislation on abortion, in the wake of a consultation. The College revealed today that the results of a UK-wide poll of their members showed 73.7% of respondents had voted in favour of removing criminal sanctions from legislation relating to abortion. Nearly 3,000 people responded to the survey, giving an overall response rate equivalent to 1% of the … Continued
Under existing Manx law, until this month, abortion was permitted only if a pregnancy was the result of rape or because of mental health concerns. In September 2016, the Campaign for Abortion Law Modernisation (CALM) was launched to advocate for the Isle of Man’s abortion law to be brought into line with the UK, as a crown dependency. A wide-ranging group of people supported their campaign, including member of parliament Dr Alex Allinson, who became … Continued