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.

Women's Minister: Set The Abortion Time Limit To What People Believe Instead Of Science

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK

The abortion limit in Britain should be set according to what people believe rather than the science, the minister for women has said. The comments...

This Tory Abortion Circus Must Not Shift the Spotlight From the Growing Difficulties Facing British Women

Diane Abbott | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

It cannot be repeated enough that there has been no new medical evidence to suggest any scientific or medical reason for a reduction in the abortion time limit since this was last debated in the House of Commons in May 2008. This debate isn't being reopened because of any new medical evidence or the current figures on abortion, but because of a toxic, politicisation of the issue by elements within the Conservative Party. It is happening because Jeremy Hunt's gratuitous attack on British women's right to choose has opened the door to parts of the Tory party to begin unwanted and distracting wrangling in parliament to reduce the time limits.

Science, Money and Women's Reproductive Choices

Clare Murphy | Posted 28.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Murphy

Some women may abandon breastfeeding because they have been given insufficient support - and if so that certainly needs to change. But many other women may choose to stop or reduce breastfeeds because of the physical burden,

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

Clare Murphy | Posted 17.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Murphy

The energy spent discussing abortion time limits detracts time and attention from genuine problems in women's reproductive healthcare. Were the MP for mid-Bedfordshire really as 'pro-woman' as she claims, here are some of the themes she could be tackling which affect women across the spectrum of reproductive needs. For example, some 40% of women using BPAS' contraceptive counselling service following an unplanned pregnancy report problems accessing contraception.

What Do You Call A Woman Who's Had An Abortion?

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK

Bpas, Britain's biggest abortion provider, has launched its first-ever nationwide pro-choice campaign in direct response to ministers calling for lowe...

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

Clare Murphy | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Murphy

Recent comments and campaigns by politicians opposed to abortion often imply that women do not know what they are doing when they request abortion and need protecting from themselves, or that what they are doing is morally wrong - and that their pregnancies need protecting from the women themselves.

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

Clare Murphy | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Politics
Clare Murphy

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) carries out the majority of later abortions in this country. Our staff would have been more than happy to explain to the women's minister just what kind of impact restricting access to abortions after 20 weeks would have on the small numbers of women who need them.

Abort67 Rebuts Accusations of Panic Stricken BPAS Et Al

Andrew Stephenson | Posted 05.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Stephenson

As a BPAS employee, Cath Sutton's first priority will inevitably be to deflect attention from what they're doing by, in my opinion, lying about what we do. The photos Abort67 uses, however, are accurate depictions of the results of what BPAS does to babies. Sutton and BPAS are frankly lying when they accuse us of shouting at or insulting women. We've never called anyone a murderer, we just let the photos speak for themselves. The photos are real, and raise the question: if what goes on in an abortion facility is so horrific that it has to be hidden at any cost, why do we tolerate it?

Anti-Abortion Protesters Must Stop Punishing Women

Cath Sutton | Posted 28.09.2012 | UK Politics
Cath Sutton

Abort67 is an anti-abortion group - a collection of like-minded individuals who see fit to gather outside BPAS clinics and inflict their views on the women trying to access our services. They wave banners with explicit pictures of foetuses and shout at the women as they enter... Abort67 should absolutely enjoy their freedom to voice their views - but not at the expense of the freedom of those who are trying to access care. And it's the freedoms of the latter that are being eroded.

Anti-Abortion Billboards Spark Anger In Dublin

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 18.06.2012 | UK

A pro-life campaign rolled out in Dublin promoting the idea that abortion "tears lives apart" has attracted strong criticism for increasing the shame ...

Abortion Doctor: Why My Work Is Rewarding And Woman Should Not Be Stigmatised

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 27.08.2012 | UK

Being an abortion provider is "rewarding" and women should only keep pregnancies if they want them, a doctor from the UK's largest abortion provider h...

Why I'm Proud to Be an Abortion Doctor

A BPAS doctor | Posted 13.08.2012 | UK Politics
A BPAS doctor

I work for BPAS, the UK's largest abortion provider, talking to women about and performing abortions up to the legal limit every day. Someone has written that a woman wants an abortion like an animal stuck in a trap wants to chew its leg off. While the imagery is melodramatic, it conveys the panic and stress an unplanned pregnancy can impose. It also communicates something of the relief experienced by women after their abortion; this is one of the things that make being an abortion provider so very rewarding.

Figures Show 'Concerning' Increase In Repeat Abortions

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 27.08.2012 | UK

Abortions in the UK increased last year compared to 2010, "concerning" figures released by the department of health on Tuesday showed. The statisti...

BBC Broadcast From Abortion Clinic Opposed By Pro-Life Groups

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.06.2012 | UK

Plans by the BBC to broadcast a two hour radio special from a family planning clinic have been attacked by an anti-abortion group. The programme, t...

Man Who Hacked Abortion Provider Site Jailed For Two And A Half Years

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.04.2012 | UK

Computer "whiz kid" James Jeffery, who hacked into the website of Britain's biggest abortion provider has been jailed for two years and eight months. ...

Dina Rickman

Abortion Pre-Signing Claims 'Another Attack Against Clinics'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dina Rickman | Posted 23.03.2012 | UK

The government has been accused of political manoeuvering over the issue of abortion after details of alleged illegal activity at clinics were given t...

Man Questioned Over Abortion Hacking

PA | Posted 09.03.2012 | UK Tech

A man suspected of hacking into the website of one of the country's biggest abortion providers was being questioned by police on Friday. The 27-yea...