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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.

Philippa Taylor looks at some recent research.

Read Philippa's CMF blog on this topic.

Duration: 2 mins

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October 2015

Midlands Day Conference

this event is run by CMF
When: Saturday 10 October
Where: Coventry
For: all healthcare professionals, medical and nursing students, spouses and friends.
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Northern Conference

this event is run by CMF
When: 16 - 18 October
Where: Ilkley, the Craiglands Hotel
For: In addition to CMF members and their families, we welcome all medical, nursing and allied healthcare professionals to this conference. Medical students and junior doctors are most welcome.
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Nurses Networking Meeting - North

this event is run by CMF
When: 17 October
Where: Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, W Yorkshire
For: Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals
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Retirees' Conference

this event is run by CMF
When: 26-28 October
Where: Northampton, King's Park
For: Retired CMF members
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4th October 2015: Work Out: God is at Work

... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13

We know that nothing we do or do not do can earn us salvation -- it is a free gift from God. Sometimes we almost get the feeling when he hear Christians speak that our spiritual growth is also a gift from God for which we can do nothing.

In these verses Paul shows us that the Christian life is, in fact, a partnership between God and ourselves. We do something -- `work out' says Paul; and God does something -- `God is at work'. This should not be too difficult for us to understand for there are parallels in everyday life. You help your patients by providing them with a cure, but they on their part must co-operate actively. To borrow from Paul, they have to `work out' their healing even as you are `at work' in (surgeons literally!) them.

As William Barclay puts it so wisely: `There can be no salvation without God, but what God offers, man must take. It is never God who withholds salvation; it is always man who deprives himself of it'.

Finally, what about `fear and trembling'? Again, Barclay says: `It is not the fear and trembling which drives us to hide from God, but rather the fear and trembling which drives us to seek God in the certainty that without his help we cannot effectively face life'.

O Lord, never suffer us to think that we can stand by ourselves,
and not need thee.

A prayer attributed to John Donne

Further reading: Phil 2:1-18. 2 Pet 1:1-11.


press releases and submissions

Charities unite to express concern about distorted abortion debate (24/10/2013)

The Christian Medical Fellowship, CARE in Northern Ireland and the Evangelical Alliance Northern Ireland have briefed Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) this week that they are deeply concerned by the possibility of a knee-jerk legislative response based on a misunderstanding of anencephaly, abortion and Northern Ireland's abortion law....
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Failure of CPS to prosecute effectively legalises sex selection abortion in Britain, says CMF (5/9/2013)

The Christian Medical Fellowship has said that the failure of the Crown Prosecution Service to take action in recent cases of sex selection abortions and pre-signing of abortion forms raises serious questions about its role in upholding the law. The CPS has this week opted to take no further action in regard to two named doctors who sought to...
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Government Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill – Prevent Duty Guidance - 30/1/2015

We affirm the importance of free speech on campus, and recognise the potential risk of misuse of higher education institutions as platforms for drawing people into terrorism. However we are concerned that the guidance as currently drafted would have a chilling effect on free speech and freedom of association, wholly disproportionate to its impact...

Department of Justice, Northern Ireland - consultation on amending the criminal law on abortion - 16/1/2015

The Northern Ireland Department of Justice seeks a change in the law that would permit abortion in cases where the unborn baby has a 'lethal fetal abnormality'. Further, the Department is also considering doing so in relation to cases of rape and incest. Finally, they are considering if there should be a right to conscientious objection for those...

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