BBC provides abortion information after Call the Midwife row

BBC provides abortion information after Call the Midwife row
BBC had said it could not offer advice because abortion was a ‘contentious’ issue

Catherine Avery
Sun 17 Feb 2019

The BBC has said it will give viewers information about abortion after it was criticised following an episode of the popular drama Call the Midwife.

Women complained that no information was provided on the BBC Action Line after an episode, broadcast this month, in which a patient died following an illegal backstreet abortion.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/17/bbc-provides-abortion-information-after-call-the-midwife-row

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BBC drops ban on giving abortion advice after Call the Midwife row

BBC drops ban on giving abortion advice after Call the Midwife row

Caroline Wheeler and Nicholas Hellen
February 17 2019

The BBC has bowed to pressure to provide viewers with information about abortion after two ministers intervened in a row sparked by an episode of the drama series Call the Midwife.

Penny Mordaunt, the women and equalities minister, and Jackie Doyle-Price, a health minister, wrote to the BBC to complain about its initial refusal to provide information about terminations after the February 3 episode in which a character died after a backstreet abortion.

Continued: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/bbc-drops-ban-on-giving-abortion-advice-after-call-the-midwife-row-hv9d5zd73

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The BBC should treat abortion as a healthcare procedure, not just a plot point for Call the Midwife

The BBC should treat abortion as a healthcare procedure, not just a plot point for Call the Midwife
The BBC, rightly, has links on its website to advice from organisations like Stonewall, Mind and Beat. So why did it refuse to link to abortion advice?

15 February 2019
By Glosswitch, BBC

As the saying goes, you can’t be a little bit pregnant: you’re either gestating a new life at enormous cost and potential risk to your physical and mental wellbeing, or you’re not. As far as this experience goes, there is no middle ground.

Similarly, you’re either in favour of women being forced to remain pregnant against their will, or you’re not. The alternative to safe, legal abortion is not the absence of abortion; it’s the torture of compulsory gestation, or it’s illegal, unsafe abortion. There is no neutral option, no world in which unwanted pregnancies must neither continue nor end.

Continued: https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/health/2019/02/bbc-should-treat-abortion-healthcare-procedure-not-just-plot-point-call

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Abortion Support Network expands service to Malta and Gibraltar

Abortion Support Network expands service to Malta and Gibraltar (Press Release)

Published on February 14, 2019

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, ASN brings the gift of confidential, non-judgemental information and funding for abortion costs to new countries

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Ireland has safe legal abortion
So we’re expanding to help Malta and Gibraltar too!

Abortion Support Network (ASN), a small UK-based charity providing financial assistance, practical information and accommodation to those living in countries with restrictive abortion laws, announced today that it has launched its service to people resident in Malta and Gibraltar. As of today, anyone in those countries will be able to ring the ASN helpline, visit the ASN website or send an email and receive confidential, non-judgmental information about the least expensive way to arrange abortion and travel, clinics that ASN works with in several EU countries, and, where necessary, receive financial help towards the cost of travelling from your home country and paying privately to access a safe, legal abortion.

Currently Malta is the only country in Europe where abortion is completely against the law, whereas the law in Gibraltar allows abortion to save a woman’s life.

Continued: https://www.asn.org.uk/news-and-events/abortion-support-network-expands-service-to-malta-and-gibraltar-press-release/

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BBC condemned for ‘completely outdated’ abortion position by women’s healthcare organisations

BBC condemned for 'completely outdated' abortion position by women’s healthcare organisations
'We were absolutely shocked by corporation's stance,' says spokesperson for UK’s largest provider

Maya Oppenheim, Women's Correspondent @mayaoppenheim
Feb 13, 2019

Women’s healthcare organisations have voiced outrage over the BBC's “completely outdated” position on abortion after the broadcaster failed to provide information on its website because the issue was deemed too "contentious".

The furore surfaced after last week’s episode of period drama Call the Midwife in which one of the characters died as a result of complications from an illegal “backstreet” abortion.

Continued: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/bbc-abortion-call-the-midwife-bpas-family-planning-action-line-a8779206.html

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Theresa May is throwing Northern Irish women under the bus to protect her own weak majority

Theresa May is throwing Northern Irish women under the bus to protect her own weak majority

Emma Campbell
Co-Chair of Alliance for Choice Tuesday
29 Jan 2019

If you turn on the television or radio this week, you will likely hear men in suits discussing the future of Brexit. There will be business people, lorry drivers, farmers and fisherman debating the prospect of what might happen if the UK leaves the EU without a deal in two months time.

But as the clock ticks on towards 29 March and MPs scramble to stop a no-deal Brexit, there is a consequence that has received little media attention, and it could be one of the most serious yet.

Continued: https://metro.co.uk/2019/01/29/theresa-may-is-throwing-northern-irish-women-under-the-bus-to-protect-her-own-weak-majority-8407476/

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UK – Call the Midwife star Jennifer Kirby reveals abortion storyline will continue in future episodes

Call the Midwife star Jennifer Kirby reveals abortion storyline will continue in future episodes
[This series is on Netflix]

By Eleanor Bley Griffiths
Monday, 14th January 2019

“When you’re there and you’re filming the scenes, it’s always more shocking than you’d think,” says Jennifer Kirby.

She’s talking about the first episode of Call the Midwife series eight, where her character Nurse Valerie Dyer decides to help a desperate woman miscarrying after a backstreet abortion. “I don’t care how this has come about, I’m going to help you, do you hear me?” she says.

Continued: https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2019-01-14/call-the-midwife-jennifer-kirby-abortion-storyline/

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Abortion law change: Is Northern Ireland really next?

Abortion law change: Is Northern Ireland really next?
Pro-choice activists in the North hope a string of court cases will advance their cause

Sat, Jan 12, 2019
Susan McKay

On the 29th of this month, Sarah Ewart will appear before the High court in Belfast to present her case that women in Northern Ireland should have access to rights enjoyed by women in all other parts of the United Kingdom.

Ewart is bracing herself – this appearance, while demanding, will be infinitely less agonising than other ordeals she has been through. Five years ago, aged 23, the Belfast woman travelled to an abortion clinic in England to terminate a much wanted pregnancy that was otherwise going to end with the birth of a baby with a foetal abnormality.

Continued: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/abortion-law-change-is-northern-ireland-really-next-1.3753579

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UK – Call The Midwife to focus on abortion after drama faced criticism over pre-watershed termination

Call The Midwife to focus on abortion after drama faced criticism over pre-watershed termination

Laura FitzPatrick
12 January 2019

The new series of Call The Midwife will focus on abortion after it sparked complaints by showing an illegal termination before the watershed.

Executive producer Dame Pippa Harris revealed abortion will be a central theme throughout the eighth installment of the period drama, which follows a group of nurses in London's East End, when it returns to BBC One on Sunday.

Continued: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/12/call-midwife-focus-abortion-drama-faced-criticism-pre-watershed/

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UK – I don’t regret my abortion – even though I’ve never become a mother

I don’t regret my abortion – even though I’ve never become a mother

Jody Day
12 January 2019

When I was 21, I got pregnant. I was absolutely terrified. The message I’d got was that having children when you are young ruins your life. I’d also had a tough upbringing including domestic abuse. So, for me, family life was something I wanted to escape.

I spoke to my lovely boyfriend about it and he was happy to support me whatever I decided. And I decided to have an abortion. He and my mum came with me. The overriding emotion I remember was terror. But at the time, it was the right answer, and looking back, now 53 and in a relationship, I don’t regret it at all. I would have been an appalling mother at 21. But I never conceived again.

Continued: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/dont-regret-abortion-even-though-never-become-mother/

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