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‘Don’t bother the midwife’: abortion as a parable for assisted suicide

The current series of Call the Midwife is set in 1966. We dispensed with World Cup fever in about half an episode and are now focussing on other things in the news that year. The most significant of these, from a midwifery perspective, was David […]

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DIY abortion: one year on

On this day last year, the UK Government, after a bizarre double-u-turn, made the home an approved ‘class of place’ for early medical abortion up to ten weeks. Women could now obtain both mifepristone and misoprostol after just a phone or video consultation with an […]

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‘DIY abortion’ consultations – some ideas for your submissions

The English and Welsh consultations into extending the provision for early medical abortion (EMA) to take place at home beyond the coronavirus crisis are both underway. They close on 26 February and 23 February respectively. These don’t differ significantly from the Scottish consultation, which closed […]

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The violence of abortion and the domestic abuse bill

It was 1998. I was a young medical intern working in a small hospital in an Indian village. I had looked forward to being posted there as it was meant to be a ‘rest period’ after many sleepless months of working in surgery and hospital […]

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Bad news for the unborn

The latest figures from the ONS reveal that by the beginning of June, 47,820 people in England and Wales had died as a result of contracting COVID-19. Half a million had died worldwide. Yet there is a greater killer at large, one whose death toll, […]