Jacob Rees-Mogg's Stance On Abortion Isn't Eccentric, It's Extreme

Katherine O’Brien | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK Politics
Katherine O’Brien

At bpas, we believe that every politician is entitled to hold their own opinion on abortion. However, we will always stand firm against MPs allowing their own personal convictions to stand in the way of women's ability to act on their own. And we must be clear: the views Rees-Mogg expressed this morning are not "traditional" or "eccentric" - they are extreme. And neither the British public nor our parliament will support them.

Why It Matters That Boots Is Making The Morning After Pill More Affordable

Clare Murphy | Posted 01.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Murphy

As a charity which cares for tens of thousands of women facing an unwanted pregnancy every year, we know difficulties obtaining emergency contraception mean many women‎ are unable to make use of this second chance to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. And we wanted to stand up and do something against what we saw as the ultimate sexist surcharge.

The Reproductive Rights Of Disabled Women Must Not Continue To Be Ignored

Jessica Quinter | Posted 02.08.2017 | UK
Jessica Quinter

Any campaign for women's reproductive rights means pragmatically little if it is not intersectional in its approach - if it excludes a whole segment of the population it purports to assist. It is imperative that we continuously include the unique experiences and needs of disabled women within our advocacy.

Why Is Boots More Concerned About Anti-Contraception Sexists Than Women Who Need The Morning After Pill?

Jessica Quinter | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK
Jessica Quinter

"We would not want to be accused of incentivizing inappropriate use, and provoking complaints, by significantly reducing the price of this product." So wrote Boots chief pharmacist Marc Donovan in a letter to bpas. To what dangerous, immoral drug could he possibly be referring? Emergency contraception, of course!

Women Deserve Evidence-based Information On Pregnancy - Not Policing

Clare Murphy | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK
Clare Murphy

Increasingly, pregnant women themselves are being held accountable for a host of outcomes, not just in their own offspring, but in the children their children go on to have, through their apparently inadequate bodies.

Does It Matter If Politicians Think Abortion Is A Sin?

Clare Murphy | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK Politics
Clare Murphy

Abortion is not simply an abstract issue, or a parlour game. Politicians have the right to follow a religious faith, and indeed to believe that abortion is sinful (the two are certainly not synonymous). But when they allow those beliefs to determine their vote on the matter, that tells us something about the extent to which they trust women to make their own decisions about their own lives. Politicians refusing to stand up and be counted on reproductive choice means that women cannot live their lives in accordance with their own conscience. The question becomes: whose conscience matters most?

The Insult And Injury Of A Tampon Tax Being Used To Undermine Women's Rights

Sabina Frediani | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK
Sabina Frediani

The insult and injury caused by this already unfair tax on women, being used to benefit an organisation that actively undermines women's rights is shockingly offensive. No woman should have to suffer the indignity of going without sanitary protection and no woman should have to suffer the indignity of others making decisions about her reproductive organs. No woman should be treated as a vessel.

Dying To Become A Mother

Caitlin Dean | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Caitlin Dean

We don't yet have a cure for HG, and we still have a long way to go to breakdown all the stigmas and difficulties women experience in accessing treatment. But in the meantime every individual can do their bit for these mothers to be who want above all to survive their pregnancy and become a mother.

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

Clare Murphy | Posted 08.04.2017 | UK
Clare Murphy

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 UK Is Pro-choice - Time for a Law That Reflects That

Ann Furedi | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Ann Furedi

As the celebrated US feminist Gloria Steinem said on a trip to the UK last week - that "the state stops at our skins". Without the ability to make reproductive choices, we lose the ability to make decisions about our lives... Why in 2016 can a woman be sent to prison for trying to end her own pregnancy‎, and a nurse or midwife for helping her?

The Importance of Remaining Vocal About BPAS' #WeTrustWomen Campaign

Lauren Kay-Lambert | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Politics
Lauren Kay-Lambert

We are living in a developed, progressive society, so it might shock you to find that, under the 1967 Abortion Act, women need two doctors' signatures...

This Victorian Abortion Law Must Go!

Lisa Hallgarten | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Lisa Hallgarten

This week a new campaign has been launched to decriminalise abortion in the UK. It's likely to cause serious consternation. Not because we aren't pro-choice in this country - the vast majority of us are. But because most people will be horrified that abortion, a safe, well-regulated and extremely common procedure still sits within a criminal law passed in 1861.

The Best Abortion Law Is No Abortion Law at All

Ann Furedi | Posted 02.12.2016 | UK
Ann Furedi

The right to personal autonomy and personal development needs to be at the forefront of the discussion of abortion law as we move towards legal reviews across the UK and Ireland. The question at the front of politicians' minds should be: why should abortion be contained in the criminal law at all?

Naomi's Choice - Why the Pro-life Bubble Needs to Burst

Ruth Harrison Roberts | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Harrison Roberts

It's thought that once you've had your (seemingly in particular medical abortion) the aftercare is non-existent. You pop the pills, and away you go. Don't travel, just go home and rest, have someone to stay with you and take a couple of days off work.

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

Clare Murphy | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Clare Murphy

We may see them as disparate, but decisions ranging from which contraception to use to whether you breastfeed your baby are all reproductive choices, and we need to stand up for women's right to make them by themselves and for themselves - not in accordance with anyone else's agenda.

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

Clare Murphy | Posted 09.06.2016 | UK
Clare Murphy

Women understand what it means to be pregnant. They understand what it means to end a pregnancy. But whether they have already given birth or have yet to do so, women also understand what it means to have a child - and to be a mother.

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

Clare Murphy | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK Politics
Clare Murphy

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 members who voted in favour of these defeated restrictions. Indeed, their voting records suggest this is the most anti-abortion government in living memory. So what will this mean for women in the next five years?

Pregnant Woman Delivers Epic Smackdown To Anti-Abortion Protesters

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK

When this heavily pregnant woman was passing by an Abort67 demonstration showing graphic photographs of aborted fetuses outside a London clinic, she d...

The Antis Need to 'Back Off', But We Need to Talk About Abortion

Lisa Hallgarten | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
Lisa Hallgarten

We know from the American experience we can't turn a blind eye to abortion opponents and just hope they'll go away. If we want to protect our rights, we really do need to talk about how much we cherish them. We need to talk about abortion.

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

Clare Murphy | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Politics
Clare Murphy

There's a fresh chance to remove the anachronistic requirement that two doctors must authorise a woman's request for an abortion before it can be performed. On Thursday, a private members' bill to reduce the number of doctors required to authorise an abortion from two to one is to be introduced by Baroness Jenny Tonge in the House of Lords.

Supporting Pregnancy Choices, Trusting Women to Decide

Clare Murphy | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Politics
Clare Murphy

We should stop compartmentalising these interconnected areas of women's lives, and let a commitment to women's choice and autonomy underpin the reproductive health services that women will need across the three decades they are fertile. Let's support her choices, and let's trust her to decide.

Discrimination Against Women Is Not Tackled by Curbing Their Reproductive Rights

Clare Murphy | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Clare Murphy

The allegation by the Independent that there is a "war" on female foetuses by certain communities in this country is both unsubstantiated and extremely insulting to the people who belong to those communities. Nonetheless, the suggestion that any woman feels under pressure to bring a child of a certain sex into the world, and feels that she has failed if she delivers a girl, is intensely depressing and distressing... We may well find the notion of sex-selective abortion extremely disturbing, where it exists. But further curtailing women's already highly regulated reproductive choices will never be the answer to gender inequality.

We Stood With Wendy Davis - Now Stand With Ann Furedi

Lucy Uprichard | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Uprichard

Ann Furedi, the head of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas), recently came under media fire for her piece in Spiked about the "danger of clamping down on sex-selective abortions".

Dina Rickman

'It's Surprising It's Been Uncontroversial For So Long'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dina Rickman | Posted 10.01.2013 | UK

It’s been a great year for the pro-life lobby. That’s the view of Mark Bhagwandin, Senior Education and Media Officer of anti-abortion charity ...

'Tis the Season to be Finger Wagging at Women

Clare Murphy | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Murphy

We see women who have become pregnant not long after giving birth, not realising how quickly fertility returned, or after misinformation about the protection breastfeeding provides against pregnancy. Sadly we also see women who simply haven't been able to negotiate contraceptive use with a reluctant partner, as well as women for whom a much wanted pregnancy is no longer possible after a dramatic change in personal circumstances. A recently conducted audit of all women contacting bpas for advice in 2011 found nearly two thirds were using contraception, including condoms, pills, patches and coils, when they became pregnant.