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Dubska v Czech Republic: A blow to women’s reproductive rights in Europe

16 December 2014

The European Court of Human Rights gave judgment in Dubská v Czech Republic last week. The Court found that Czech legislation prohibiting midwives attendance at home births did not interfere with women’s right to private life under Article 8 of … Continue reading

Court of Appeal rules that drinking in pregnancy is not a crime

4 December 2014

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the mother of a girl born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome did not commit a crime under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 by drinking during pregnancy.  A council in the North West … Continue reading

NICE intrapartum guideline brings hope of real choice for women

3 December 2014

We welcome the new NICE intrapartum guideline published today, which offers pregnant women the hope of genuine choice about where and how they give birth. Sadly we hear too often from women who are unable to access the kind of … Continue reading

Hearing today in Foetal Alcohol Syndrome case

5 November 2014

The Court of Appeal hears the case of CP v Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority today. It will be considering whether consumption of alcohol during pregnancy can constitute the crime of poisoning. Birthrights and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) have provided … Continue reading

Consent and student medics – European Court ruling

14 October 2014

The European Court of Human Rights gave judgment last week in Konovalova v Russia. It’s an important decision for maternity rights across Europe, which emphasises the need for women’s informed consent to all decisions in childbirth, even those that health … Continue reading

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