UK: Fifty years on, the Abortion Act should be celebrated – and updated

Fifty years on, the Abortion Act should be celebrated – and updated
Wendy Savage
It was – and still is – landmark legislation for women. But some aspects are not fit for purpose in the 21st century

Friday 27 October 2017

Today is the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, a groundbreaking piece of legislation that allowed doctors in Great Britain to perform abortions lawfully so long as certain conditions were met. Doctors were given the responsibility of deciding if a woman met the conditions laid down by the act. The act has achieved its objective of eliminating deaths from illegal abortion and this fact – and the relief of millions of women who faced an unwanted pregnancy – should be celebrated.

Continued at source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/27/50-years-abortion-act-law-women


UK: This Leading Pregnancy Doctor Says Abortion Shouldn’t Be Considered Controversial

This Leading Pregnancy Doctor Says Abortion Shouldn't Be Considered Controversial

Professor Wendy Savage made the comments after members of the Royal College of Gynaecologists voted in favour of relaxing current abortion laws.
Posted on September 27, 2017
Laura Silver, BuzzFeed News Reporter

A leading pregnancy doctor has dismissed claims that the decriminalisation of abortion in England and Wales would lead to a "free for all", after members of the Royal College of Gynaecologists voted in favour of relaxing current abortion laws.

According to the Abortion Act 1967, women who choose to terminate a pregnancy can be punished by life in prison unless the procedure is obtained in highly specific clinical settings. RCOG joins the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Midwifes in formally supporting removal of criminal sanctions around abortion in England and Wales.

Continued at source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/this-leading-pregnancy-doctor-says-abortion-shouldnt-be


UK: There’s no such thing as a ‘good’ abortion

There’s no such thing as a ‘good’ abortion
Rebecca Reid for Metro.co.uk
Tuesday 21 Mar 2017

'I feel like I shouldn’t get an abortion’ a friend told me, when she found herself pregnant in her early twenties.

‘It’s not like I’m that poor. Or single.’

Luckily the friend in question had an abortion. It was a quick, practical process and her life is better for it. But what she said has stayed with me.

There is a concept, one that many of us carry, that there are ‘good’ reasons to get an abortion.

Continued at source: Metro UK: http://metro.co.uk/2017/03/21/there-is-no-good-reason-to-have-an-abortion-6522171/


UK: Sex-selective abortions should be allowed, British Medical Association ethics expert says

Sex-selective abortions should be allowed, British Medical Association ethics expert says
Telegraph Reporters

19 March 2017

Forcing pregnant women who do not want a child of one sex or the other to give birth could harm both the baby and the mother's mental health, a leading doctors' union member has said.

Prof Wendy Savage, a voting member of the British Medical Association Council, also said women should have the right to terminate a pregnancy at any stage.

Continued at source: The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/19/sex-selective-abortions-should-allowed-british-medical-association/


UK: Abortion Rights Campaigners Say It’s “Extremely Worrying” That Anti-Abortion Protesters Used Facebook Live Outside A Clinic

Abortion Rights Campaigners Say It’s "Extremely Worrying" That Anti-Abortion Protesters Used Facebook Live Outside A Clinic

Anti-abortion group Abort67 used Facebook Live to stream its demonstration near a BPAS abortion clinic in Hastings.
posted on Feb. 13, 2017
Laura Silver
BuzzFeed News Reporter

Abortion rights campaigners have expressed concern that livestreaming could be used to publicly shame people seeking abortions, after an anti-abortion group used Facebook Live to broadcast a recent demonstration outside a clinic.

Abort67, which regularly uses graphic images of aborted foetuses in its protests, held a demonstration outside Hastings railway station on Friday to launch a new local branch of the group. The station is situated directly opposite a British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) clinic, a leading provider of abortion services.

Continued at source: Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/laurasilver/pro-choice-campaigners-say-its-extremely-worrying-that-anti?utm_term=.hf5ao9g6Oq#.tcaEDq5vx9