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Rape and fatal fetal abnormality: is legalising abortion the answer?

  A high court judge ruled last week that Northern Ireland’s near ban on abortion breaches the human rights of women and girls, including rape victims. This ruling will affect women who are pregnant after rape or incest, and women carrying a fetus with a […]

Why is the government giving preferential treatment to those backing compulsory sex education in schools?

Campaigners are pushing for sex and relationships education (SRE) to be made compulsory in all English schools (see here, here and here). Currently local authority maintained schools in England are obliged (See House of Commons briefing) to teach SRE from age 11 (year 7) upwards, […]

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New tests for pregnant women are discriminatory, so who is driving them and why?

The NHS is considering introducing a new test for pregnant women that will make it much easier to detect and search out any babies with Down Syndrome (DS) or other chromosomal differences. We have covered in more detail some of the issues that these new […]

Fetal Anomaly Screening in Pregnancy: more thoughts on the new tests

  The NHS is considering introducing a new test for pregnant women that will make it much easier to detect and search out any babies with Down Syndrome (DS) or other chromosomal differences. A superficial reading of new screening recommendations suggests that implementing new tests […]

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New screening test for Down’s creates more problems than it solves

The UK National Screening Committee (NSC) is recommending a new test for pregnant women that will detect a higher proportion of fetuses with Down Syndrome. The test is non-invasive and makes use of cell free DNA from the fetus (cfDNA) circulating in the mother’s blood. […]