Friday 24 May 2013

bpas event: Abortion, motherhood and the medical profession

Wednesday 12 June 2013 9:00am - 5:00pm

Tickets are now on sale for this conference, organised jointly by British Pregnancy Advisory Service and the Royal Society of Medicine’s Sexuality and Sexual Health Section.

This one-day conference will explore topical issues in the management of pregnancy and women’s reproductive decision-making. Speakers will address the impact of new developments in pregnancy testing for abortion care, miscarriage, fertility treatment and ectopic pregnancy; the role of fetal imaging in discussions about abortion and the regulation of pregnancy; the impact of policy debates about information, counselling and the abortion law; and the generational experiences of doctors working within the abortion service.

To purchase tickets, visit the RSM website here.

Sessions include:

Fetal imaging, and imagining the fetus
- Stuart Derbyshire, Reader in Psychology, University of Birmingham
- Carol Sanger, Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
- Zoe Williams, columnist, The Guardian; author, What Not To Expect When You’re Expecting

Information, counselling and the law
- Jane Fisher, Director, Antenatal Results and Choices
- Patricia Lohr, Medical Director, British Pregnancy Advisory Service
- Sally Sheldon, Professor of Medical Law and Ethics, Kent Law School

Testing positive, negative and in between: How the semi-quantitative pregnancy test could transform the management of abortion, miscarriage, fertility treatment and ectopic pregnancy.
- Paul Blumenthal, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Stanford University
- Roy Farquharson, consultant gynaecologist, Liverpool Women’s Hospital
- Joanne Fletcher, consultant nurse, gynaecology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Discussion: A new generation of abortion doctors - challenges and opportunities
- Katharine Elliot, medical student, University of Newcastle
- Richard Lyus, doctor, British Pregnancy Advisory Service
- Mr John Parsons, consultant gynaecologist

To view the full programme and to purchase tickets, visit the RSM website.

For further information, contact Jennie Bristow at bpas: or 07976 414751

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