UK / SPAIN – The Court of Appeal upholds the legality of a buffer zone around a London abortion clinic

The buffer zone around the clinic was imposed by the London council of Ealing in April 2018, but the call to impose national buffer zones around all clinics was rejected by the Conservative government’s Home Secretary in September 2018, in spite of the existence of strong evidence presented to him for imposing them.  This new judgment, handed down by Lady Justice Eleanor King and Lady Justice Nicola Davies is the first at appeal court level … Continued

TEENAGE PREGNANCY – Lessons learned from national government- led efforts to reduce adolescent pregnancy in Chile, England and Ethiopia

Adolescent pregnancy is a global public health challenge. Most births to adolescents (95%) occur in developing countries, where an estimated 21 million girls aged 15–19 became pregnant in 2016, of whom 12 million gave birth. In those countries, an estimated 2.5 million girls under 16 give birth every year.

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION 3, UK – Let’s talk about conscientious objection

by Sarah Elizabeth Gull British Medical Journal Sexual & Reproductive Health, 31 May 2019  (NOT open access) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjsrh-2019-200361 Some years ago I had a registrar who was and remains a devout Buddhist. He was shocked when he attended my gynaecology operating list: “Abortion is a sin!” he exclaimed. Sometime later he revised his thoughts: “Abortion is a sin, but I don’t see why you should have all the sin. I will share this sin … Continued

GOOGLE: USA, UK, IRELAND – Update to Google Healthcare and Medicines Policy on Abortion (June 2019)

“In June 2019, the Google Ads healthcare and medicines policy for abortion will be updated with the following requirements for advertisers in the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland: Advertisers who want to run ads using keywords related to getting an abortion will first need to be certified as an advertiser that either provides abortions or does not provide abortions. To get certified, advertisers must submit an application where they self-declare as an organization that … Continued

IN MEMORIAM – David Paintin, UK obstetrician-gynaecologist, lifelong abortion rights campaigner

David Paintin Hon FFSRH MB ChB FRCOG was part of the group from the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA) in Britain, which he joined in 1963, that supported Lord Silkin and MP David Steel during the parliamentary debates that resulted in the passage of the 1967 Abortion Act. He also worked hard to increase the acceptability of abortion. He promoted innovation and good practice through his involvement with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and by … Continued

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