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Maternal mortality: is there a link with abortion legislation or not?

The question of whether restrictive laws on abortion lead to fewer maternal deaths, or more maternal deaths, is hotly debated. Those who are ‘pro-life’ and want to see more restrictive abortion laws say that fewer abortions leads to fewer maternal deaths, with Northern Ireland providing […]

Surrogacy

The wisdom of Solomon is needed in today’s surrogacy cases

  Disturbing stories on surrogacy are hitting the headlines on a regular basis at the moment. Last week we heard about a surrogate mother who changed her mind about handing over the child she carried, to the gay couple who had paid £9,000 ‘expenses’ for […]

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Abortion and preterm births: what women need to know but are not told

  Prematurity – a birth prior to 37 weeks gestational age – has recently been described as: ‘the biggest challenge in western obstetrics, with severe neonatal morbidity (and a need for intensive care treatment for infant respiratory distress syndrome, feeding problems, neonatal jaundice and cerebral […]

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Morning-after pill is now available to all girls UNDER the age of consent

News that the morning-after pill, ellaOne (which can be effective up to five days after sex), is now available for use by any woman of reproductive age in Europe, without parental consent, from pharmacies everywhere, is – to put it mildly – ill-advised. To put it […]

Thirteen ‘solutions’ to mitochondrial disease assessed

Mitochondrial disorders are passed on through a mother’s mitochondrial DNA. They are progressive and can be very disabling but are thankfully relatively rare. They can cause stillbirth, death in babies and children, or may onset with severe effects in adulthood, such as blindness or heart […]