Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at bpas, commented:
“Women’s reproductive choices seem to be under increasing surveillance. The suggestion that women should be quizzed about their pregnancy intentions and certain groups of women told not to conceive is concerning. The way in which obese women are increasingly portrayed as a problem is particularly troubling, and a growing body of research suggests these women feel stigmatised and humiliated during their interactions with healthcare services. Although being overweight in pregnancy does mean that certain medical conditions are more likely to arise, the majority of overweight women will have uncomplicated pregnancies. Good healthcare services should be about supporting women’s decisions, not dictating what they can and cannot do.”
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bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.