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Reproductive rights – what do they mean for disabled women?

British Pregnancy Advisory Service and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Tuesday 27th June 2017, 11am – 3pm,  Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Place, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RG


British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) are bringing together expert speakers and disabled women to discuss the challenges women face when trying to exercise reproductive choices in the UK. Decisions women make around sex, contraception, pregnancy and childbirth are routinely stigmatised and disabled women face a multitude of complex additional barriers. This event will provide an opportunity to hear more about these issues and for women themselves to share what reproductive rights mean to them. The event will be chaired by Dr Frances Ryan from The Guardian. 


Speakers will include:

Professor Claire de Than Law Commissioner, Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism at City University, London and Sexual Health and Disability Alliance

Sisters of Frida

Dr Jane Dickson, Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health

Melanie Davies, British Fertility Society


The event is free and lunch will be provided. BPAS and the RCOG are able to consider financial support to help disabled women to attend. The College is fully accessible. Please let us know on booking if you have any access or dietary requirements. 

To register please use the following form:    

For further information on support to attend or anything else, please contact 7061 3379.  


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


The Abortion Act at 50: Still Disputed Ground?

Thursday 24th August 2017 at the Lighthouse, Glasgow


This one-day event marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, and will be led by Dr Carrie Purcell from the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow.  The event will bring together a range of key voices in the field including providers, researchers, and third sector/advocacy groups.


Click here for more information and to register. 


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.


Abortion Act 1967 Conference

24 – 25 October 2017 at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act, bpas are pleased to be collaborating with the Centre for Health, Law and Society and the Universities of Kent and Leeds to present this conference, which will be held at the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and sponsored by the Wellcome Trust.


The 1967 Abortion Act was a huge breakthrough for the pro-choice movement and indeed for women's rights, achieved after over thirty years of tireless campaigning by the Abortion Law Reform Association. And yet the Act was, and remains, embedded in the framework of Victorian-era criminal law, and entwined with a medical model that bears little relevance to today's clinical practices. 


The conference will address a range of clinical-based, social, political and historical issues, bringing together academics, policy makers, politicians, campaigners, and healthcare professionals. For tickets and more information please click here