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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.
Sajid Javid May Not Have The Guts To Stand Up For Women, But We Will Win The Fight Against Abortion Clinic Harassment
When it comes to women’s reproductive rights, it’s never plain sailing, but we promise women from Belfast to Brighton that we’ll get there
13/09/2018 12:58 BST
Women need good, evidence-based information on which to make their own choices in and about pregnancy
01/08/2018 15:24 BST
While we worry about social media encouraging certain sexual behaviours, the picture is much more complex than we imagine
18/07/2018 07:47 BST
Given the absence of a government in Northern Ireland, Westminster has a both a moral and legal duty to act
26/05/2018 11:20 BST
We would be happy to explain to Maria Caulfield in depth as to why women need the services they do
02/03/2018 19:26 GMT
It’s one thing to be personally opposed to abortion - but it’s quite another to seek to restrict other women’s right to make that choice
08/01/2018 16:15 GMT
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
The Miraculous Survival Of A Baby Born At 22 Weeks Shouldn't Be Used To Shame Women Who Need To End Their Pregnancies
It's a shame that good news stories like this one - a celebration of the survival of this tiny infant and the joy he has bought his parents - sometimes go hand in hand with calls to reduce the abortion time limit of 24 weeks. Why do we need to play women's needs off against each other in this way?
14/06/2017 10:59 BST
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.
18/05/2017 10:28 BST
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
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
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
We support babies by supporting pregnant women. We support pregnant women by fostering an environment of trust where a woman who is struggling with any issue in her pregnancy knows she can confide in those caring for her, and receive non-judgmental support.
04/05/2016 16:41 BST
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.
07/04/2016 10:32 BST
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
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.
10/06/2015 09:26 BST
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
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
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