Gynaecology and the Law

NHS professionals instructed to ask patients about sexuality

The NHS is to recommend health professionals ask patients aged 16 and over what their sexual orientation is, under new guidelines. NHS England has said the measure is designed to ensure that "no patent is discriminated against", although nobody will be forced to answer the question. A...

RCOG lends support to decriminalisation of abortion

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has voted in favour of supporting the removal of criminal sanctions associated with abortion in the UK. Announcing its decision, the RCOG said its members believe the procedure should be subject to regulatory and professional standards...

Scotland urged to make sanitary products free

A member of the Scottish Parliament is urging ministers to make sanitary products free for women who need them. Monica Lennon, Labour spokesperson for inequalities, has said that access to these items should be “a basic right”. She has called for universities, schools and colleges to...

Italy could be offering 'period leave'

Italy could be the first Western country to provide 'period leave' for women who suffer from painful periods. A draft law is currently being discussed by Italy's parliament that would mean employers have to grant three days of monthly leave to those women who present a doctor's note...

UK government to protect against pregnancy discrimination

Margot James, under secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has promised the UK government will launch a consultation on how to prevent women losing their jobs after having children. It follows a call from the House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee...

Contraception restrictions ‘affect 3.9 million women in England’

A new report has found that 3.9 million women in England live in areas with some form of restriction on access to contraception, either due to age or place of residency. The UK’s Advisory Group on Contraception’s (AGC) report, ‘Private Lives, Public Health: The changing shape of...

February 7th marked National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

This weekend (Sunday February 7th) saw the 16th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day take place in the US to raise awareness of the condition and encourage increased uptake of testing. In a blog for the website AIDS.gov, Dr Eugene McCray, director of the division for HIV/AIDS prevention at...

US Planned Parenthood guide causes controversy

A US guide to planned parenthood has raised criticism by suggesting that HIV positive people do not have to disclose their status if they choose not to. Published by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the booklet says it should be up to HIV sufferers to decide "if, when, and how...

2 HIV strains now thought to have come from gorillas

A breakthrough in the origins of HIV has been made, with researchers stating that two of the four known strains of the virus came from west lowland gorillas in Cameroon. A team led by Dr Martine Peeters, from the University of Montpellier in France, discovered that the O and P groups came from...

HIV and AIDS liturgies launched in West Indies

A manual raising awareness of HIV and AIDS has been launched in the Caribbean. 'Jamaica Praying' has been produced by the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI) and features a series of sensitive liturgies and sermons surrounding the issue of HIV and AIDS in the region. The...