UK: Women should be allowed to take abortion pills at home, says leading maternity doctor

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Women should be allowed to take abortion pills at home, says leading maternity doctor

Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
10 December 2017

Women should be allowed to take abortion pills at home to avoid them miscarrying on the way home from the clinic, Britain’s leading maternity doctor has said.

Currently, women who ask for an early medical abortion (EMA) in the first nine weeks of pregnancy must take two drugs, one or two days apart. And, by law, both sets must be taken in front of a doctor or nurse.

But Professor Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said that allowing women to take abortion pills and then leave puts them at risk of suffering bleeding or complications on the way home.

Continued at source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/12/10/women-should-allowed-take-abortion-pills-home-says-leading-maternity/

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UK: Abortion clinics ‘fail obese and diabetic patients’

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Abortion clinics ‘fail obese and diabetic patients’
Kat Lay, Health Correspondent

November 25 2017, The Times

Only three clinics in England are able to provide abortions for women with medical problems later in pregnancy.

Dozens of women a year are forced to continue with unwanted pregnancies because they cannot get an appointment, campaigners have said, while others face long journeys for treatment.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abortion-clinics-fail-obese-and-diabetic-patients-wb9dm3kbv

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Ireland: Claims of bias at abortion committee ‘utter nonsense’

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Claims of bias at abortion committee ‘utter nonsense’
Senator Rónán Mullan says chair Catherine Noone had ‘failed to procure objectivity’

Nov 22, 2017
Colm Keena

Members of the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment have criticised colleagues who alleged its work displays bias or who have attacked the committee chair.

Earlier, Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said a lot of the contributions to the committee had been factual rather than biased, and the claim that the committee was operating in a biased manner was “utter nonsense”.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/claims-of-bias-at-abortion-committee-utter-nonsense-1.3301054

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Let Irish GPs give out abortion pills, advises UK clinic service

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Let Irish GPs give out abortion pills, advises UK clinic service

Ellen Coyne, Senior Ireland Reporter
November 22 2017

Doctors should be allowed to prescribe abortion pills if Ireland is to avoid the “pitfalls” of British abortion law, an Oireachtas committee will be told.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), which runs abortion clinics in the UK, will tell 21 members of the abortion committee today that Ireland should not copy certain aspects of the law in Britain if it decides to bring in legislation of its own.

Continued at source: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/let-irish-gps-give-out-abortion-pills-advises-uk-clinic-service-gklvqhc62

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Ireland: Abortion committee to meet to discuss allegations of bias

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Abortion committee to meet to discuss allegations of bias
Committee told Irish women are having terminations later due to travel difficulties

Nov 22, 2017
Sarah Bardon

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment will hold a private meeting today to discuss allegations of bias made against the committee.

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy requested the discussion after two members of the committee claimed the outcome of their work was pre-determined.

Continued at source: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/abortion-committee-to-meet-to-discuss-allegations-of-bias-1.3300179

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Tampon tax is going to fund an awful UK anti-abortion org

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Tampon tax is going to fund an awful UK anti-abortion org
‘Our own money being used to fund our discrimination’

29 October 2017
TextCharlie Brinkhurst-Cuff

There has been an outcry from feminists all over the UK after it was confirmed that anti-abortion charity Life will get £250,000 cash from the UK's tampon tax.

Tampon tax is used to refer to the fact that feminine hygiene products aren't given tax exemption status, meaning women pay a 5 percent tax on them.

Products that are regarded as “basic necessity” and given exemption status include edible sugar flowers, alcoholic jellies and exotic meats including crocodile and kangaroo.

Continued at source: http://www.dazeddigital.com/life-culture/article/37898/1/tampon-tax-is-going-to-fund-an-awful-uk-anti-abortion-org

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Anti-abortion Life charity will get cash from UK tampon tax

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Anti-abortion Life charity will get cash from UK tampon tax
Government confirms group will receive £250,000 despite outcry from MPs and women’s groups

Ben Quinn
Saturday 28 October 2017

The government has confirmed that it is to award a quarter of a million pounds from an unpopular levy on women’s sanitary products to an anti-abortion organisation, despite objections from women’s groups and MPs.

There was a outcry earlier this year after the Observer revealed that £250,000 of the money raised from the so-called tampon tax – the 5% rate of VAT that is levied on sanitary products –would go to Life, a charity that campaigns against abortion.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/oct/28/anti-abortion-life-charity-will-get--tampon-tax-funds

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UK: Top obstetrician supports women taking abortion pills at home

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Top obstetrician supports women taking abortion pills at home
Prof Lesley Regan says taking misoprostol at home allows for safer care than making women travel to clinics

Press Association
Friday 27 October 2017 17.02 BST

One of the UK’s top gynaecologists has said the decision to allow women in Scotland to take abortion pills at home is “admirable” and she hopes there will be support for the move in England.

Prof Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said it was another step in making it easier for women to access safe care.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/27/top-obstetrician-supports-women-taking-abortion-pills-at-home

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UK: Jeremy Corbyn backs call for abortion clinic buffer zones

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Jeremy Corbyn backs call for abortion clinic buffer zones

Labour leader is among 113 MPs who signed letter to home secretary calling for action to protect women from anti-abortion protesters

Jessica Elgot Political reporter
Thursday 26 October 2017

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has backed calls for clinics to have a buffer zone to protect women from persistent anti-abortion protesters, in a letter from 113 MPs from parties across the House of Commons.

The letter to the home secretary, Amber Rudd, which is also signed by the Liberal Democrat leader, Vince Cable, the Green party co-leader, Caroline Lucas, and the SNP’s Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, says women “face daily abuse when undergoing terminations”.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/26/jeremy-corbyn-backs-call-for-abortion-clinic-buffer-zones

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UK: Women fought for abortion rights. Fifty years on, the service is in crisis

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Women fought for abortion rights. Fifty years on, the service is in crisis
The NHS has been outsourcing the procedure and failing to train specialist staff. Now hundreds of women can’t get an abortion, putting their lives at risk

Tim Friend
Tuesday 24 October 2017

Half a century after abortion was made legal in England, Scotland and Wales, outsourcing of NHS services and a subsequent lack of specialist doctors mean that hundreds of women each year are prevented from having an abortion, sometimes seriously threatening their health, according to leading medics.

“The system is broken. It’s in crisis. Not fit for purpose,” says professor Lesley Regan, the president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/24/women-abortion-rights-service-crisis-nhs-no-specialist-doctors

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