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New guidance has been issued to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work after a huge increase in calls for advice. The conciliation service Acas said it received more than 14,000 calls last year on the subjects, a 10% rise on the previous year. Firms are being urged to make…
New laws could be introduced to protect women from being harassed and intimidated at abortion clinics, the Home Office has said. Home Secretary Amber Rudd has ordered an in-depth assessment of protests outside family planning clinics following concerns about the tactics used by some demonstrators. The review aims to gather…
The use of a hormone pregnancy test in the 1960s and 1970s was not responsible for serious birth defects experienced by some families who took the drug, an official review has concluded. However, campaigners have called the review by the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) a "whitewash" saying that the…
Maternity units have been urged to investigate after figures revealed differences in care for mothers and babies across Britain. Findings of the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA), the largest of its kind in the world, show the vast majority of women in England, Wales and Scotland have a safe…
Women in Scotland are to be the first in the UK to be allowed to take the abortion pill at home. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) has been lobbying to change the law in the UK and welcomed the development. Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Dr Catherine Calderwood has written…
A challenge at the UK's highest court over the legality of Northern Ireland's strict abortion law has concluded. Seven Supreme Court justices in London will give a ruling on the controversial issue at a date yet to be fixed, but thought to be early next year. The Northern Ireland Human…
Northern Ireland's strict abortion law criminalises "exceptionally vulnerable" women and girls and subjects them to "inhuman and degrading" treatment, the UK's highest court has heard. A QC told a panel of Supreme Court justices in London on Tuesday that human rights were being breached, with those affected being forced to…
Women on low incomes from Northern Ireland who seek a free NHS abortion in England will also receive state support to pay for their travel costs, the Government has announced. Those who meet defined financial hardship criteria will be eligible for the measure, Justine Greening said. Ms Greening, the Secretary…
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