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The Pro-Death Movement, Eagle Eye

The Pro-Death Movement

I was hoping to write something lighthearted today, but no such luck. A friend sent me a link to this piece on the ultra-right US website Newsbusters, and it’s made me so incandescently angry I have to write it out of my system.
I’d like to start by saying that the grief being expressed by the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 14 February 2014 at 5:56 pm

Are we stumbling towards a society with no children being born with Down Syndrome?, Health

Are we stumbling towards a society with no children being born with Down Syndrome?

Down Syndrome (DS) is back in the news again with a discussion which was broadcast on ITV’s This Morning last week.
I think there are some big issues here which I will return to in a moment – however I need a moment’s indulgence to address a couple of errors of fact in the piece, which are [...]

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 30 July 2012 at 3:00 am

Pregnancy: The leading cause of death for teenage girls in the developing world, Health

Pregnancy: The leading cause of death for teenage girls in the developing world

The family planning world is meeting in London this week to make one straightforward request – give 120 million women in the world’s poorest countries access to contraception. Their reasoning is basic: ‘It’s mortality, stupid’.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 at 2:00 am

#VaginaMovieLines: Using the v word to tackle anti-abortion laws, Notebook

#VaginaMovieLines: Using the v word to tackle anti-abortion laws

Rep Lisa Brown caused outrage and the creation of two hashtags on twitter today after indulging in behaviour deemed so “shocking” that the speaker had no option but to silence her from any further participation in debate on the House floor.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 15 June 2012 at 12:40 pm

Sex selective abortions in Taiwan, The Foreign Desk

Sex selective abortions in Taiwan

Last year, Taiwan’s fertility rate became the world’s lowest, dropping from 1.03 in 2010 to a record low of just 0.9 in 2011. The government blamed the decreasing birth rate on people’s superstitions about which zodiac years were best for bearing children. It seems many people were waiting for the year of the dragon, which starts next week and is considered a particularly auspicious period to be born in.

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 10 January 2012 at 10:40 am

Coarse sex and cheap lives, Battle of Ideas

Coarse sex and cheap lives

Women in the UK wait longer than anyone else to start a family, sometimes making use of abortion as a backup to contraception to control fertility on the way. Is this reflective of a culture of unadulterated self-centredness, or a society, which, far from showing disregard for human life, takes the decision to have a child very seriously indeed?

By | Battle of Ideas | Saturday, 22 October 2011 at 6:00 am

The case for ‘home abortions’, Notebook

The case for ‘home abortions’

Early Medical Abortion (EMA, aka the abortion pill) is a simple and safe procedure for abortion in the first nine weeks of pregnancy. The treatment involves taking two sets of pills, up to 48 hours apart, to induce a miscarriage.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 13 January 2011 at 4:22 pm

What makes life sacred?, Battle of Ideas

What makes life sacred?

From the “pro-life” movement to abortion rights campaigners, from animal rights activists to those lobbying for legal euthanasia, everybody seems to share a view that life is sacred. But what does it actually mean to say that life is “sacred”?

By | Battle of Ideas | Sunday, 28 November 2010 at 6:00 am

Bad timing: Repeat abortions are on the rise, Notebook

Bad timing: Repeat abortions are on the rise

The number of young women having at least one abortion is on the rise, demonstrating clearly that Government policies are failing. The Department of Health released new information that worryingly, over 20,000 women under 25 had at least two abortions over the last year; with around 3,800 having four or more.

By | Notebook | Monday, 25 October 2010 at 9:59 pm

Advertising Abortion

Are you late?
Tonight, after a smattering of media hype and much discussion on forums both pro-life and pro-choice, Marie Stopes became the first organisation to wind itself around loopholes in order to advertise their services on primetime television. During Davina McCall's new live game show – which, thankfully I wasn't obliged to sit through after [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 24 May 2010 at 10:51 pm

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