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Birthrights is the UK’s only organisation dedicated to improving women’s experience of pregnancy and childbirth by promoting respect for human rights. We believe that all women are entitled to respectful maternity care that protects their fundamental rights to dignity, autonomy, privacy and equality.

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UK Supreme Court upholds women’s autonomy in childbirth: Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board

12 March 2015

The UK Supreme Court powerfully affirmed women’s right to autonomy in childbirth yesterday in the case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board. Allowing the appeal from the Scottish courts by a woman whose baby suffered shoulder dystocia in labour, the … Continue reading

Kirkup Report: Inhuman healthcare

6 March 2015

The Kirkup Report was published this week. It catalogues the failings in the maternity unit at Morecambe Bay between 2004-2013, when clinical errors contributed to the deaths of 3 mothers and 16 babies. As the Report acknowledges, healthcare professionals can … Continue reading

Birthrights joins nearly 120,000 voices calling for buffer zones around abortion clinics

4 March 2015

Birthrights co-chair Rebecca Schiller will join Erika Garrett, Caroline Lucas MP, Dr Clare Gerada (GP and past Chair of Royal College of GPs), representatives from the British Humanists Association, Brook, and Reclaim Rossyln Road residents association to deliver this change.org petition to 10 … Continue reading

Join Our Board!

19 February 2015

Birthrights is seeking two maternity professionals – one midwife and one obstetrician – to join its board of trustees. In its first two years of operation, Birthrights has achieved a reputation for high-­quality advice and training, ground-­breaking research on dignity … Continue reading

Birthrights Comments on Sex-Selection Abortion Amendment

Press Release: 19 February 2015 The human rights in childbirth charity Birthrights has serious concerns about amendments to the Serious Crimes bill that could make sex-selection abortion a crime. If passed the amendment to the Serious Crimes Bill (which MPs are due to vote on … Continue reading

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