13 July 2017
24 October 2017 – 25 October 2017
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Pl, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RG
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The passing of the 1967 Abortion Act was a landmark moment for our reproductive rights, achieved at the vanguard of a wave of liberalising change across the western world, and directly inspiring reform in a number of other countries.
But fifty years later, how well does the Act serve women today?
In the week of the Act’s fiftieth anniversary, this two-day conference will examine its impact, its shortcomings, and the extent to which its liberal proponents’ hopes have been realised. Contributors including leading health care professionals, academics, policymakers, politicians, campaigners and service providers will address a range of important socio-legal, historical, political and clinical practice-based questions.
The conference is co-sponsored by the Universities of Bristol, Kent, and Leeds, and bpas, with generous funding from Wellcome. It will be hosted by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
3 October 2016
BBC2, Wednesday 5 October 2016, 21.00
Documentary about Down’s syndrome and the ethics of pregnancy screening, fronted by Sally Phillips. This film explores the science and thinking around the proposed new screening test for Down’s syndrome and its possible availability on the NHS.
Driven by the experience of raising her son Olly, who has Down’s syndrome, Sally explores some of the ethical implications of our national screening policy.
By talking to experts in the Down’s syndrome community, the world’s top scientists and including people with Down’s syndrome in the debate, Sally investigates a thorny subject that begs questions relevant to us all: what sort of world do we want to live in and who do we want in it?
The programme has created some controversy in advance of its broadcast. The BBC online magazine contains an interview with the presenter, Sally Phillips. For an opposing view, see yesterday’s Observer.
17 October 2011
BBC World Service, available indefinitely as a podcast or listen online via the iPlayer
From the programme’s website: “The world’s population is due to reach seven billion people this year, and by around 2050 it could grow by yet another two billion.
Using India as an exemplar, Professor Matthew Connelly of Columbia University, New York, documents a global campaign that began with the best humanitarian ideals, but which led to authoritarian control over some of the world’s poorest citizens.
He uncovers a story of tragic mistakes and sometimes terrible human rights abuses, and shows how we will be living with the consequences for decades to come.”
14 July 2011
BBC Radio 4, Inside the Ethics Committee, Thursday 14 July 21.00-21.45, available indefinitely on the iPlayer
From the programme’s page:
Anne is brought into Accident and Emergency unconscious, having suffered a cardiac arrest. She is thirty five years old and pregnant.
Within hours of Anne’s admission to intensive care, she has another cardiac arrest and starts to have seizures. On several occasions over the next few days, the medical team think they might lose her. But each time she survives.
As Anne’s life hangs in the balance, how much should her pregnancy influence the decisions the medical team need to make about Anne?
Dr Andrew Hartle, Consultant Anaesthetist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and a member of its Clinical Ethics Committee
Rosamund Scott, Professor of Medical Law and Ethics at the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, Kings College London
Deborah Bowman, Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Law at St George’s University in London
17 June 2011
Monday 20 June 2011, 23.20-01.45, Film Four
Set in 1950, 17 years before the Abortion Act 1967, Mike Leigh’s film about a woman who performs illegal abortions and the response of the legal system to her actions is highly recommended.