UK: Thousands back calls for buffer zone around abortion clinics to stop protesters harassing women

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Thousands back calls for buffer zone around abortion clinics to stop protesters harassing women

Fiona Simpson
Sunday 6 August 2017

Thousands of people have backed calls to ban pro-life protesters from “intimidating and harassing” women outside abortion clinics across the capital.

Campaigners have been pictured kneeling in prayer position outside a Marie Stopes clinic in Brixton Hill.

Women also reported being offered graphic leaflets showing dismembered foetuses outside a British Pregnancy Advisory centre in Richmond.

Continued at source: The Standard: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/thousands-back-calls-for-buffer-zone-around-abortion-clinics-to-stop-protesters-harassing-women-a3604391.html

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UK: Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

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Boots apologises for morning-after pill response

22 July 2017

Boots has said it is "truly sorry" for its response to calls to cut the cost of one of its morning-after pills.

The pharmaceutical company was criticised after telling the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) it was avoiding "incentivising inappropriate use".

It now says it is looking for cheaper alternatives to the Levonelle brand.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40689763

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UK: Charlie Gard and the pro-life lobbyists

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Charlie Gard and the pro-life lobbyists

The US right has elbowed its way to a British baby’s bedside and it has a troubling agenda

Janice Turner
July 12 2017

In February the group Abort67 set up a Facebook live-stream opposite the BPAS abortion clinic in Hastings. Any woman going inside that day, past the protesters waving placards showing magnified photos of bloody foetuses, risked being exposed on social media.

At another BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) clinic, a woman was called by her violent partner who opposed the abortion. He had given both their mobile numbers to the Good Counsel Network, which regularly protested outside. When the protesters saw her going in alone, they let him know and later texted her, demanding she cancel the abortion.

Continued at source: The Times: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/charlie-gard-and-the-pro-life-lobbyists-svsfhtvxv

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Half Of U.K Women Who’ve Had Abortions Experienced ‘Failed Contraception’

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Half Of U.K Women Who've Had Abortions Experienced 'Failed Contraception'

July 8, 2017
Rachel Moss

More than half of women who had an abortion last year were using contraception that had failed, a new report suggests.

According to data released by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas), 51.2% of women who had an abortion at bpas clinics in 2016 reported using a method of contraception.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/07/08/half-of-u-k-women-whove-had-abortions-experienced-failed-contr_a_23021706/?utm_hp_ref=au-homepage

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UK: Women are having abortions because their contraception doesn’t work

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Women are having abortions because their contraception doesn't work

Ann Furedi, Chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas)

7 July 2017

Women who have abortions are not careless about contraception. They are not ignorant and they are not generally unable to get hold of it. The uncomfortable truth is that contraception lets women down.

Yes, sometimes we don’t use it properly – a condom is bound to fail if you don’t get it out of the packet, and you can’t expect the pill to be reliable unless you take it reliably. But that’s only part of the story.

Continued at source: The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/women-having-abortions-contraception-doesnt-work/

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UK: The power of the pro-choice movement

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The power of the pro-choice movement

Ann Furedi
CEO, BPAS
3 July 2017

The Tories’ Northern Ireland concession shows how much things have changed.

Although the announcement that the government will fund abortions in England for women from Northern Ireland appeared to come out of nowhere, the issue has been a festering sore for successive governments for years.

Of all the demands of the UK pro-choice movement, equity in access to abortion services for women from Northern Ireland has traditionally been the one that attracts the most sympathy.

Continued at source: Spiked: http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-power-of-the-pro-choice-movement/20032

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UK: BPAS withdraws abortion fees for Northern Irish women

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BPAS withdraws abortion fees for Northern Irish women
British Pregnancy Advisory Services acts ‘in response to government’s commitment to provide abortion care funding’

Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Monday 3 July 2017

Northern Irish women who travel to England, Scotland or Wales to have abortions will no longer have to pay consultation and treatment fees to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

BPAS announced on Monday that it had decided also to refund women from the region who used their services last Friday, after the threat of a parliamentary defeat over the Queen’s speech last week forced the government to scrap its policy of not funding abortions on the NHS for Northern Irish women in other parts of Britain.

Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/03/bpas-withdraws-abortion-fees-northern-irish-women

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UK: Theresa May urged to give Tory MPs free vote on scrapping abortion charges for Northern Irish women coming to Britain

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Theresa May urged to give Tory MPs free vote on scrapping abortion charges for Northern Irish women coming to Britain

Conservative MPs are expected to be whipped to vote against free terminations – despite abortion issues being a 'matter of conscience'

Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor
Tuesday 27 June 2017

Theresa May is being challenged to give Conservative MPs a free vote on scrapping charges for Northern Irish women forced to travel to Britain for an abortion.

Scores of MPs will try to secure free NHS terminations for many hundreds of women who make the journey every year – typically paying £1,400 for a private operation – in a showdown vote expected on Thursday.

Continued at source: The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/theresa-may-tory-mp-free-vote-northern-ireland-women-abortions-forced-travel-britain-uk-supreme-a7810981.html

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UK: Doctors call for abortion on demand as BMA votes to decriminalise terminations for first time ever

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Doctors call for abortion on demand as BMA votes to decriminalise terminations for first time ever

Henry Bodkin
27 June 2017

The UK’s largest doctors union has called for the complete decriminalisation of abortion and for women to have access to terminations on demand.

The British Medical Association (BMA) formally agreed on Tuesday to lobby the Government to abandon the current legal framework, which requires an expectant mother to convince two doctors an abortion is necessary to protect her long-term health.

Continued at source: The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/27/abortion-should-decriminalised-say-doctors-back-call-law-change/

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UK: Abortion rights for Northern Irish women in UK ‘must be addressed’

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Abortion rights for Northern Irish women in UK 'must be addressed'

MPs raise fears that Conservative deal with DUP may scupper free terminations in Great Britain for women from Northern Ireland

Jessica Elgot
Monday 26 June 2017

MPs have warned that abortion rights for Northern Irish women travelling to Great Britain for a termination must be addressed despite the Conservative deal with the DUP, repeatedly raising their concerns during a heated debate in the Commons.

Labour MP Stella Creasy and Conservative MP Anna Soubry were among those who called on the government to permit Northern Irish women terminations in England without charge.

Continued at source: The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/26/abortion-rights-for-northern-irish-women-in-uk-must-be-addressed-mps-conservative-deal-dup

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