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.
Restrictive policies that limit access to abortion often lead women to seek services abroad. Understanding how and why women seek abortion care far from their countries of residence is an important topic for future research and could help to inform abortion-related policy decisions in the UK and in Europe.
At its autumn conference, members of the UK Green Party voted overwhelmingly in support of a motion proposed by Sarah Cope, the party’s Women’s Spokesperson.
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.
The scale of the decline in conception rates in women younger than 18 years, and its association with intervention-related investment and with both demographic and behavioural factors, suggest a combined influence of both public health intervention and secular trends on the decline in conceptions in women younger than 18 years in England.