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.

New Abortion News Service

People looking for current and past news about abortion rights now have an easy-to-use tool. A new interactive website is available, which posts breaking news on abortion rights from around the world. As well as news, the website also posts opinion, commentary, videos, podcasts, film and book reviews, and other media about abortion.

“Readers looking for up-to-date information about what’s happening on the abortion issue in countries around the world should find this site a useful resource, said Dr Christian Fiala, the website’s team lead and a gynaecologist who provides abortions. Dr Fiala explained that everything posted is automatically added to the website’s Archives. “The website is entirely searchable using keywords, and categories such as date, topic, country, and region.”

In addition, readers can subscribe to a news feed, as well as submit news links to be posted.

Visit the new website and sign up to the feed at: http://abortion-news.info

“A key advantage is that we don’t post anti-choice news or links to other inaccurate pieces that are biased against abortion,” said Joyce Arthur, the website moderator and an abortion rights activist in Canada. “Readers can be assured that they are getting mainstream news from respected sources, as well as informed views from those who support women’s fundamental right to self-determination, including the right to abortion.”

The website is operated by the Initiative for Reproductive Health Information (IRHI) / Initiative zur Information über Reproduktive Gesundheit.

BSACP Contribute to Medical Abortion Article on ‘The-Pool’ Website

Sam Rowlands was recently interviewed by Hattie Crisell, a journalist who writes for ‘The-Pool’ website, about the topic of medical abortion. The resultant article – ‘The abortion pill – giving options to women at home and, crucially, further afield’ – was published online on 12 November 2016. 

https://www.the-pool.com/health/wombs-etc/2016/45/hattie-crisell-on-the-abortion-pill

 

 

Report on FIAPAC’s 12th Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 13-15 October 2016

The 12th FIAPAC Conference held in Lisbon, Portugal last month attracted in excess of 600 delegates, and showcased 150+ oral and poster presentations covering a broad range of topics including drug regimens, surgical techniques, access to abortion, contraception after abortion, stigma to the Zika virus, pain management, more than one abortion, telemedicine, counselling and ethics. Sam Rowlands (BSACP Secretary and Council Member) has written a brief summary of the conference’s highlights for the benefit of those who were unable to attend this year’s conference.

https://bsacp.org.uk/events/12th-fiapac-conference-summary/

The 2018 FIAPAC Conference will be held in Nantes, France – visit the FIAPAC website (http://fiapac.org/) for further information/registration instructions.

Scottish Abortion Care Providers Conference

Friday 27th January 2017, Royal College of Physicians, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh, UK

The scientific programme for this conference is currently being finalised. An application form is available and places will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. NHS Scotland delegates can attend free of charge. Other delegates will be expected to pay a £50 attendance charge.

Further information and application forms are available from: Kate Elder, Team Leader/PA, Chalmers Centre, 2a Chalmers Street, Edinburgh EH3 9ES, UK. E-mail: kate.elder@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

 ***Closing date for applications: 13th January 2017***

 

New BSACP Council Members Elected

The BSACP is delighted to announce the election of four new Council Members:

Doctor Member:                      Jonathan Lord

Non-Clinician Member:         James Trussell

Nurse/Midwife Member:      Kate Shakeshaft

Trainee Member:                    Megan Griffiths

These appointments take effect immediately and are for an initial term of 3 years.

Positive Experiences by Irish Women using Online Abortion Service ‘Women on Web’ Reported in New Scientific Publication

Women who accessed at-home early medical abortion using the online abortion service Women on Web in Ireland and Northern Ireland reported positive outcomes for health, wellbeing, and autonomy, according to new research.

The study examined both the demographics and circumstances of 5,650 women requesting early medical abortion between 2010 and 2015, and the experiences of 1,023 women who completed abortion from January 2010 to December 2012. Women were diverse with respect to age, pregnancy circumstances, and reasons for seeking abortion. Results were peer-reviewed and published in the international journal, British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG).

Study findings include:

  • Among women completing early medical at-home abortion, 97% felt they made the right choice and 98% would recommend it to others in a similar situation.
  • The only negative experiences commonly reported by women were the mental stress caused by pregnancies they did not want or felt they could not continue, and the stigma, fear, and isolation caused by current restrictive abortion laws.
  • The feelings women most commonly reported after completing abortion were ‘relieved’ (70%) and ‘satisfied’ (36%).
  • Women with financial hardship had twice the risk of lacking emotional support from family and friends.

“Women in Ireland and Northern Ireland accessing medical abortion through online telemedicine report overwhelmingly positive benefits for health, wellbeing, and autonomy,” Aiken said.  “This examination and subsequent findings provide a new evidence to inform the policy debate surrounding abortion laws in Ireland and Northern Ireland.”

The study was published online first at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1471-0528.14401/full

For more information please contact the researcher: Abigail R.A. Aiken, MD, MPH, PhD Assistant Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs  email: araa2@utexas.edu

Recommencement of Specific Abortion Services at MSI Clinics (07.10.16 update)

In a press release published earlier today, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) says it is satisfied that Marie Stopes International (MSI) has responded to the serious patient safety concerns it raised with the provider, following inspections of its clinics, call-centre and corporate headquarters for England.

Since August 2016, CQC has been monitoring MSI closely and reviewing its progress. Having demonstrated to CQC that it has addressed the most serious areas of concern, including staff training in the key areas identified, from today (7 October 2016) MSI has begun to lift the restrictions it placed on its termination services, with the intention to resume full services across its clinics by the end of October 2016.

CQC is continuing to review MSI’s progress and it will not hesitate to take further action to protect patients, if necessary.

CQC aims to publish the full reports from its inspections later this year. Until then, the regulatory process prevents CQC from disclosing further details about its findings.

http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/cqc-satisfied-serious-concerns-responded-marie-stopes-international

Suspension and Redirection of Specific Abortion Services at MSI Clinics (29.08.16 update)

Since our last posting, BSACP has been made aware that other services such as NUPAS were also approached by NHS England to increase capacity to undertake the care of women whose care was moved from Marie Stopes International (MSI) and that further services subsequently have also increased capacity.

As a healthcare professional, if you have any queries as to how the suspension of MSI services will affect your area you should contact your local Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response (EPRR) team.

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.

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.