Welcome to the BSACP Website!

The British Society of Abortion Care Providers (BSACP) has been formed to promote best practice, education, training and research in abortion care.

The BSACP will serve its members by providing a forum for professional development and networking, as well as by raising the profile of the specialty and improving understanding amongst those responsible for abortion-related policy, guidance, commissioning, regulation and training.

Suspension and Redirection of Specific Abortion Services at MSI Clinics

BSACP members will be aware that following recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections, Marie Stopes International (MSI) have suspended surgical abortions under conscious sedation and general anaesthesia, and any method of abortion for 18-year-olds and under and for other vulnerable women (http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/cqc-inspections-uncover-concerns-marie-stopes-international-clinics-so-specific-pregnancy). It is estimated that this will affect 250 women per week but that this figure may well increase.

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) was asked by NHS England to increase its capacity to accommodate cancelled services which it has done, so no woman will be deprived of care. BSACP recommends that all service providers be aware that this may create extra demand for abortion services and that open dialogue with commissioners locally may be required.

NHS England has established a confidential helpline service for those with concerns and questions. This number is 0300 123 1041 (9.00am to 8.00pm on weekdays and 9.00am to 5.00pm at weekends). In Ireland the helpline number is 1800 882 677.

Applications Sought for BSACP Council Vacancies

The BSACP is seeking to appoint additional Council Members to fill four vacancies on Council as follows:

  • One doctor
  • One nurse/midwife
  • One non-clinical individual
  • One trainee.

Current BSACP members have been e-mailed details about how to apply for these BSACP Council positions and will need to submit a completed application form to admin@bsacp.org.uk before the closing date of Friday 26 August 2016.

***Prospective applicants please note that the deadline for completed application forms is Friday 26 August 2016.***


FIAPAC 12th Congress: ‘Improving Women’s Journeys Through Abortion’

FIAPAC (International Federation of Abortion and Contraception Professionals) conferences are international meetings for all health care professionals whose work in reproductive health care focuses on abortion and family planning. FIAPAC’s 12th Congress will be held in Lisbon, Portugal from 13–15 October 2016.

Scientific programme and registration information at http://fiapac.org/en/registration/20

FIAPAC Membership/Congress Secretariat. E: admin@fiapac.org. W: www.fiapac.org


Significant Increase in Abortion Requests in Latin America Related to Concern About Zika Virus Exposure

Fearing the effects of the Zika virus on their unborn children, a new study has found that pregnant women in Latin America increasingly are sourcing abortion pills from ‘Women on Web’, a non-profit organisation that provides medical abortion outside formal healthcare settings via online telemedicine, in countries where safe abortion is not universally available.

The research, published on Wednesday 22 June 2016 as a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine, is the first to measure the response of pregnant women to Zika warnings in countries where abortion is limited or banned.


Aiken ARA, Gomperts R, Trussell J, et al. Requests for abortion in Latin America related to concern about Zika virus exposure. NEJM, 22 June 2016. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc1605389


Join Us

The BSACP welcomes applications for membership from those involved in the provision of abortion care and others whose work is related to the support of abortion services and care. Information about role of the BSACP and activities can be found on this website. To find out more about becoming a member, please refer to the membership information page. If you wish to apply for membership, please complete an online application form.