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Submission from the Christian Medical Fellowship to the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety of Northern Ireland on their consultation on Guidance on the Termination of Pregnancy: The Law and Clinical Practice in Northern Ireland (25/10/2010)

IntroductionThe Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) is an interdenominational organisation in the UK with over 4,000 doctor members and around 1,000 medical student members. Of these, 240 doctors and 106 students...
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the new 'abortion ad' (nucleus - summer 2010)

On 24 May 2010, Marie Stopes International (MSI), a group known for providing abortion services, ran the first 'abortion ad' in the UK on Channel 4. In the UK, MSI accounts for about one third of all abortions performed. (1) While the advert itself does not explicitly mention or promote...

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Abortion referrals (triple helix - summer 2010)

The article summarising four GP members' approaches to abortion 'referrals' (Easter 2010:14-15) stimulated two new contributions and a second bite at the cherry. Philip Davies, an STI training in general practice in Birmingham: I often look to other Christians both as role models and to seek advice from them. I...

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Abortion update (triple helix - summer 2010)

On 24 May Marie Stopes International (MSI) broadcast for the first time on British TV an advertisement for its abortion services. However 'sensitive' Are you late? may or may not have been, British women surely are sufficiently aware of how to access abortion services. Television is a powerful medium for...

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Can the fetus feel pain before 24 weeks' gestation?

28th June 2010: In a report published on 25 June by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, it was claimed that the fetus cannot 'feel' pain before 24 weeks' gestation as nerve connections in the cerebral cortex are not sufficiently developed. ...
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abortion requests: should we 'refer'? (triple helix - Easter 2010)

key points Christian GPs find handling abortion requests troublesome. CMF's recent publications on the subject are reviewed. Jim Newmark began a new discussion about refusal to make a written referral to hospital: there are inevitable consequences to other doctors, whether Christian or not, now caught up in the issue. Mark...

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Marie Stopes own online survey shows 94% AGAINST legalising Abortion in Ireland

15th March 2010: On 12 March Christian Concern for our Nation posted a report from the website of the Marie Stopes organisation that 94% of respondents to their online poll said NO to the question 'Should abortion be legal in Ireland?' On 15...
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Joanna Thompson, 1949-2009 (triple helix - Christmas 2009)

Joanna Thompson, who died on 24 July 2009 after a short illness, was the head of CareConfidential, a department of the well-known Christian charity CARE. She devoted her life to helping desperate women struggling with the crisis of unexpected pregnancy or with problems following abortion, and her deep faith and...

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Abortion and mental health (triple helix - Christmas 2009)

Until recent research from New Zealand (1) it was a medical mantra that it was safer for a mother's mental health to have an abortion than to continue with the pregnancy. I have twice reviewed this topic (2)(3) and in further developments about abortion affecting mental health Fergusson et al...

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Late abortions data must be published

16th October 2009: In December 2003 Anglican curate Joanna Jepson was granted permission to launch a judicial review concerning the late abortion of a fetus diagnosed with cleft lip and palate. In October 2002 West Mercia police had declined to prosecute the doctors...
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