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University Of Essex, Department of Sociology: Criminalising Women's Reproduction (Criminology Seminar Series)

Tuesday 14th March 2017 from 6pm at the Colchester Campus


This panel will ask how and why women's reproduction is criminalised, and whether the law should change. Karen Brennan will consider the role of the Infanticide Act in current criminal law. Emma Milne will discuss the continued use of the offence of concealment of birth to punish women who experience crisis pregnancies. Sally Sheldon will explore the continued inclusion of abortion in criminal law.


You can find out more information about the event here



Policing Pregnancy: Who should be a mother?

Thursday 18th May 2017 (09:50-16:45) at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent



BPAS have collaborated with the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies (CPCS), Birthrights, and Engaging Sociology at CCCU to bring you this engaging and informative one day event.


The programme includes speakers from a range of academic disciplines – Sociology, Anthropology, History, Law, Philosophy, and Social Work – and from Third Sector organisations working with pregnant women, including our Director of External Affairs, Clare Murphy. Sessions will explore changing ideas about pregnancy, motherhood, responsibility and risk, and the impact of these ideas on women’s experience and professional services.


You can find our more information about the event, and download the full programme, here


Advanced booking is required - you can book your place here


Centre for Parenting Culture Studies: Doctors, Conscience and Abortion Law and Practice Workshop

Thursday 29th June 2017 at Ground Floor, Cornwallis East Building, University of Kent, Canterbury


Join our CEO, Ann Furedi and Medical Director, Patricia Lohr as they take part in this fascinating programme which takes ‘conscience’ as its core theme.


This is one of a number of events taking place during 2017, the year of the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act. In common with other events, its aim is to promote critical reflection about this legislation. In the academic literature, one widely commented-on feature of the British abortion law is its ‘medicalisation’; that is, the centrality given by law to medical opinion in deciding on access to abortion procedures. While this feature of the abortion legislation has generated a great deal of academic analysis and discussion in the disciplines of law, ethics and sociology, research and discussion about the opinions and experiences of doctors themselves is notably, and curiously, absent from research. The main purpose of this event is to place ‘medical opinion’, as it operates in practice at the centre of a discussion about abortion provision.


You can find more information about the event here


The event is free but places are limited - you can book your place here


International Colloquium on Hyperemesis Gravidarum

5th-6th October 2017 at the Royal Windsor Racecourse, Berkshire


BPAS is delighted to present the 2nd International Colloquium on Hyperemesis Gravidarum, in collaboration with Plymouth University and Pregnancy Sickness Support.


The two-day colloquium will include contributions from the world’s top researchers and experts in Hyperemesis Gravidarum, with the first day focusing on research and the second taking more of a clinical direction.  The event is intended to enhance the professional development of all those concerned with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, including doctors, midwives, researchers, commissioners, policymakers and indeed patients.


Please click here to learn more about the colloquium and its speakers.  Tickets can be booked online here.