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 [...]
Ah, Katie Price. Every feminist’s nightmare. Is she a feminist? Isn’t she? Should we like her or loathe her? Yet she’s still influential to young women and teenage girls.
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’.
Andrew Lansley’s announcement that pregnant women being cared for under the NHS will be provided with a ‘named’ midwife, seems thoroughly unrealistic.
When I was 26 weeks and six days pregnant I went to hospital, completely expecting to be told I was an overanxious, neurotic, depressed pregnant woman. I had a headache and felt a bit strange. It was hard to describe. I had my blood pressure done, urine samples taken, bloods drawn and a scan. With each procedure I felt more and more uneasy. It became apparent that I had severe, rapid onset pre eclampsia. I was very poorly, and my baby was in deep, deep trouble.
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?
We’re a nation of binge-drinking, foul mouthed, lazy-arsed chavs who spend your money on widescreen televisions, booze, fags and McDonalds. We are also very good at producing offspring long before we are supposed to. What do we do to stop the breeding? A magic pill.
The morning-after pill. To some, it’s a saviour, to others, [...]
A human rights emergency often describes crises such as killings of civilians in Darfur, the Rwandan genocide or perhaps even the recent floods in Pakistan. Rarely would one consider a woman’s pregnancy to fall into this category. But when we consider the fact that more than half a million women die in childbirth or related causes every year, it’s clear that the situation has reached catastrophic levels.
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