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Clare Murphy

Director of External Affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service

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

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

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.
01/09/2017 12:35 BST
Does It Matter If Politicians Think Abortion Is A

Does It Matter If Politicians Think Abortion Is A Sin?

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?
28/04/2017 08:05 BST
This Saturday, Let's March For Real Reproductive

This Saturday, Let's March For Real Reproductive Choice

When Donald Trump declared last year that women who have abortions should be punished, he met widespread condemnation. Yet in the UK we have no right to be smug. In our country today, women can and are being punished for having an abortion.
20/01/2017 17:25 GMT
Decisions Around Infant Feeding Are About Reproductive

Decisions Around Infant Feeding Are About Reproductive Choice

Women should not be lied to or misled by formula milk makers, and we need regulations to ensure this is the case. But we don't need to oversell the many benefits of breastfeeding for either mother and baby to ensure women make the "right" choice. Breast is best, but it may not always be best for all women, all of the time.
15/11/2016 12:05 GMT
Women's Reproductive Rights Are at Risk - Let's Stand Up for

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

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.
06/07/2015 11:54 BST
What Will This Government Mean for Women's Reproductive

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

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?
22/05/2015 08:02 BST
A Chance to Create an Abortion Law That's Fit for Purpose - Let's Take

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

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.
11/06/2014 16:40 BST
Delivering Babies and Providing Abortion Care - Two Sides of the Same

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

The <em>Mail</em> asks whether it isn't "a grotesque conflict of roles to ask midwives to snuff out the lives of unborn babies they would normally be using all their skills to protect?" Well, frankly, no it isn't. In fact it is entirely in keeping with a profession for whom the needs and wishes of the pregnant woman are put first and whose members strive everyday to deliver woman-centred care.
02/06/2014 11:34 BST