Clare Murphy
Clare Murphy is Director of External Affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, having joined the charity in 2010. bpas is a not-for-profit reproductive healthcare service, providing counselling and abortion care for women with unplanned pregnancies, contraception, sterilisation and STI testing. We also work to better inform public discussion of fertility-related issues. Before joining Bpas she worked for the BBC as a health journalist.

Entries by Clare Murphy

Poring Over Poo Is Yet Another Example of Increasing Policing of Pregnancy

(0) Comments | Posted 5 May 2016 | (00:00)

A Scottish hospital is to start testing meconium - the first faeces passed by newborns - to establish how much their mothers drank in pregnancy. This is reportedly to pave the way for more targeted interventions among pregnant women and enable healthcare professionals to establish which "groups" are failing to...

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Be in No Doubt: Pregnant Women in the UK Do Not Own Their Own Bodies

(7) Comments | Posted 7 April 2016 | (15:02)

The appalling ordeal of a young woman in Northern Ireland, dragged before the courts for using abortion pills bought online, has yet again highlighted the gross injustice experienced by women in this region when it comes to accessing abortion. ‎The 1967 Abortion Act, which made abortion lawful in certain circumstances,...

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Women's Reproductive Rights Are at Risk - Let's Stand Up for Choice

(1) Comments | Posted 6 July 2015 | (11:44)

Today the British Pregnancy Advisory Service launches our Charter For Choice. It lays out our key demands to protect and extend women's reproductive choices, which are sadly so often under assault across the UK today. It recognises that the same principles of choice and autonomy must underpin women's...

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Why Are We Surprised That More Than Half of Women Ending Pregnancies Are Already Mothers?

(7) Comments | Posted 10 June 2015 | (09:19)

It doubtless speaks to a deep-rooted sense that abortion is a young woman's issue, or the preserve of the reckless and feckless. A sense that women who have abortions are those whom the maternal instinct has given a wide berth. Mothers - the very word encapsulating responsibility and unwavering devotion...

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What Will This Government Mean for Women's Reproductive Choice?

(7) Comments | Posted 22 May 2015 | (00:00)

The anti-abortion movement in Britain has largely failed. The public is pro-choice, and indeed favours a more woman-centred framework than the 1967 Abortion Act currently allows. Every parliamentary attempt in recent years to restrict access to abortion has been defeated. All should be well. But the new government has many...

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A Chance to Create an Abortion Law That's Fit for Purpose - Let's Take It

(4) Comments | Posted 12 June 2014 | (00:00)

"If a woman needs an abortion in terms sanctioned by the Abortion Act 1967, it must surely be better for it to be an early, medical abortion than a later, surgical one. I therefore hope that the House will consider whether the requirement for two doctors to consent to an...

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Delivering Babies and Providing Abortion Care - Two Sides of the Same Coin

(26) Comments | Posted 2 June 2014 | (11:22)

Midwives can carry out abortions, the Daily Mail declares in an outraged fashion on its front page today. The news is in fact not news, confirmed by a legal case more than 30 years ago, and at Bpas we have long employed midwives across our service. But let's...

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Supporting Pregnancy Choices, Trusting Women to Decide

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2014 | (08:07)

Draft guidelines on childbirth issued this month suggest pregnant women at low risk of complications should be advised to give birth either at home or in a midwifery unit, rather than in hospital - which should be reserved for women at greater risk of problems. Many women may...

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Protecting Pregnancies With a Slice of Bread - Why We Should Back Flour Fortification

(0) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (11:24)

There are many circumstances that affect whether a woman decides to end a pregnancy which we simply can't change.

We can't conjure up the financial security she wants before she brings a child into the world, however important the campaign for secure maternity benefits and high quality, affordable childcare....

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Discrimination Against Women Is Not Tackled by Curbing Their Reproductive Rights

(9) Comments | Posted 15 January 2014 | (23:00)

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) provides a third of all abortions in the UK - and it simply isn't our experience that women from any community are coming into our clinics, anywhere in the UK, seeking to abort girls. This corresponds entirely with statistical analysis by the...

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'Tis the Season to be Finger Wagging at Women

(4) Comments | Posted 13 December 2012 | (23:00)

'Tis the season to be finger wagging at women about the perils of parties and promiscuity. While it's true that the first couple of months of the new year are a busy time for bpas, this more to do with the fact that fewer appointments are made over Christmas and...

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Science, Money and Women's Reproductive Choices

(1) Comments | Posted 28 October 2012 | (23:00)

A recent report on breastfeeding suggested the NHS could save millions of pounds by encouraging more women to feed their babies naturally. An eye-watering array of figures arranged over more than 100 pages showed the cost-savings that would be made by reduced incidences of hospital admissions for both...

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Wasting Time on the Time Limit: The Real Issues in Women's Reproductive Healthcare

(7) Comments | Posted 18 October 2012 | (00:00)

The Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has requested a parliamentary debate on a reduction in the time-limit from 24 to 20 weeks. As was widely reported after the women's minister Maria Miller expressed her support for such a reduction, there have been no medical or scientific advances in this area since...

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What Do You Call a Woman Who's Had an Abortion? Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend

(56) Comments | Posted 15 October 2012 | (00:00)


BPAS is launching the first ever nationwide campaign in support of women's choice. Recent comments by cabinet ministers combined with an upsurge in anti-abortion activity outside clinics show we cannot take for granted that the women we know will always have access to the...

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Why the Women's Minister Shouldn't Deny Women Later Abortion

(56) Comments | Posted 4 October 2012 | (00:00)

The women's minister, Maria Miller, has said she would back a reduction in the abortion time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks. She says the time limit should come down "to reflect the way medical science has moved on" in the care of very premature babies, and that she...

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