EUROPE – An app which advises young women whether they can avoid pregnancy based on daily body temperature leads to… young women GETTING PREGNANT!

A fancy app which was certified as a contraceptive method in Europe by the German medicines agency Tüv Süd, based on its claim to be 93% effective, has been found to be leading to many unintended pregnancies. In January 2018, it was reported for investigation to the Swedish Medical Products Agency after one hospital found 37 cases of pregnancies in women using it among 668 women seeking abortions in a three-month period in late 2017. … Continued

ENGLAND – Abortion clinic buffer zone imposed by Ealing Council in London

A 100m buffer zone will be created around the Marie Stopes Clinic in west London to stop vigils being held outside the building and harassment and bullying of women and staff entering and leaving the clinic. One source has said a fine would also be charged for an offence. More than 300 people wrote to the council describing the pro-life protesters as “intimidating and harassing”. The London Borough of Ealing’s Council unanimously voted to implement … Continued

UK – Who decides? We trust women. Abortion in the developing world and the UK

This report was released on the evening of 7 March for International Women’s Day at a reception at the House of Lords in London, hosted by Baroness Jenny Tonge, Chairwoman of the UK Parliament’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health. The report was based on a series of papers presented to the APPG by a long list of experts during the week of 20 November 2017. In the Foreword, Baroness Tonge said: … Continued

NORTHERN IRELAND / UK – CEDAW find that the UK violates the rights of women in Northern Ireland by unduly restricting access to abortion

The Northern Ireland Alliance for Choice has welcomed the report of the CEDAW Inquiry, published on 23 February 2018, which was launched following a submission to CEDAW in 2015 by three Northern Irish groups – the Family Planning Association, Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform, and Alliance for Choice. The submission argued that in NI: “assisting with or procuring an abortion is criminalised, punishable by a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and the availability of abortion … Continued

UK – Anti-abortion protesters target MP’s offices and threaten more

  The Voice for Choice coalition in the UK have long been aware of persistent protests by anti-abortion activists outside abortion clinics across the UK. In West London, outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the borough of Ealing, women going into the clinic have been followed, called ‘murderers’, and told to ‘change their lifestyles so they won’t end up back [at the clinic]’. There have also been reports of women being filmed, the display of … Continued

UK – Another anti-abortion case goes up to the European Court of Human Rights

  An anti-abortion Christian group has supported an individual woman to file a claim in the European Court of Human Rights after she failed in a private prosecution to force the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute two pro-choice doctors. The doctors were secretly filmed agreeing to permit an abortion for reasons of sex selection. The filming was part of an undercover sting by anti-abortion journalists in 2012 to entrap the doctors into breaching theAdd … Continued

International law and the provision of abortion services

This blog is an analysis of the international legal issues involved in the decision of the UK Supreme Court not to require the UK Secretary of State for Health to provide abortions on the National Health Service to Northern Irish women. It is aimed at people with a legal background and not easy reading but worth the effort. The three paragraphs below summarise the main points. For those quoting recommendations by UN treaty-monitoring bodies such … Continued

Voice for Choice challenges Equality and Human Rights Commissioner’s Bill, which violates human rights in pregnancy

  Voice for Choice, the UK’s national coalition of pro-choice campaigning organisations, has submitted a complaint to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) regarding one of its Commissioners, Lord Shinkwin. Lord Shinkwin has introduced a Private Members’ Bill in the House of Lords that, if passed, would gravely violate fundamental human rights in pregnancy. Lord Shinkwin was appointed a Commissioner by the Government Equalities Office earlier this year, and has since then been lobbying … Continued

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