Research / information organisations
Abortion Review online www.abortionreview.org is an update and archive of abortion-related news, comment and medical developments, produced for bpas www.bpas.org. Access is free, and the website is refreshed weekly. A print version of Abortion Review is published quarterly.
The Alan Guttmacher Institute
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) provides reliable, balanced,
nonpartisan information on abortion, contraception, childbearing
and sexual activity. AGI's mission is to protect the reproductive
choices of all women and men - in the United States and throughout
the world. AGI carries out reproductive health research, policy
analysis and public education. Its three journals Perspectives
in Sexual and Reproductive Health (formerly Family Planning
Perspectives), Report on Public Policy and International
Family Planning Perspectives are available on the site.
Review of Population Law
This database contains summaries and excerpts of legislation,
constitutions, court decisions, and other official government
documents from every country in the world relating to population
policies, reproductive health, women's rights, and related topics.
It is produced jointly by Harvard Law School and the United Nations
Progress Educational Trust is a registered charity, set up to
promote the benefits of reproductive and genetic science. On its
site you will find information and comment about issues including
IVF, cloning technology and genetics. You can subscribe through
the site to Progress' excellent weekly update, BioNews.
Abortion Rights is a new campaigning organisation formed by the merger of the National Abortion Campaign (NAC) and the Abortion Law Reform Association (ALRA). Both these organisations have a long history in campaigning for law reform and the provision of easily accessible, woman friendly, NHS funded abortion services in Britain.
for a Free Choice
Catholics for a Free Choice shapes and advances sexual and reproductive
ethics that are based on justice and affirm the moral capacity
of women and men to make sound and responsible decisions about
their lives. Through education and advocacy CFFC works in the
United States and internationally to infuse these values into
public policy, community life, feminist analysis, and Catholic
social teaching and thinking.
for Reproductive Law and Policy (CRLP)
CRLP works to ensure that all women have access to appropriate
and freely chosen reproductive health services. On this site you
will find information about CRLP's projects on abortion and other
issues, and a useful summary of the state of relevant laws worldwide.
Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL)
The NARAL Foundation is a charitable organisation founded in 1977.
It supports in-depth research and legal work, publishes substantive
policy reports, mounts public education campaigns and other communications
projects, and provides leadership training for grassroots activists
across the nation. Its site includes useful summaries of US law
and policy developments, news stories and pro-choice advocacy
A Pro-Choice weblog dealing with
reproductive issues in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Voice for Choice is a national campaign by the Pro-Choice Alliance,
a coalition of organisations calling for long overdue reform of
the 1967 Abortion Act. The campaign seeks to end the widespread
discrimination and inequalities of access that occur in the National
Health Service abortion provision, and to secure for all women
in the United Kingdom the genuine right to decide for themselves
whether or not to continue an unwanted pregnancy.
/ service provision organisations
BPAS supports reproductive choice by advocating and providing
high-quality, affordable services to prevent or end unwanted pregnancy
with contraception or by abortion.
FIAPAC is the International Federation for Professionals in abortion and contraception. Founded in 1997, it now has over 270 members from around the world. It holds biennial Congresses that attract more than 600 delegates.
Ipas works globally to increase women's ability to exercise their
sexual and reproductive rights and to reduce abortion-related
deaths and injuries. We seek to expand the availability, quality
and sustainability of abortion and related reproductive health
services, as well as to improve the enabling environment.
Family Planning Association
This site includes items from clear and simple contraception factsheets
to the most comprehensive database of Irish and international
sexual health news. The IFPA's on-line campaign and action newsletter
'cq' can be accessed through the site, which offers comprehensive
up to date and archive information on IFPA's work to achieve sexual
and reproductive rights and health in Ireland and internationally.
Marie Stopes International is a reproductive healthcare agency
whose mission is to ensure the fundamental human right of all
people to have children by choice not chance.
Abortion Federation (NAF)
Founded in 1977, NAF is the professional association of abortion
providers in the United States and Canada. The organization's
mission is to preserve and enhance the quality and accessibility
of abortion services. The site contains information about clinics
affiliated to NAF, as well as news and campaign updates.
Planned Parenthood's site, subtitled 'A Guide to Healthy Sexuality',
is a comprehensive source of on-line information regarding safe
sex and abortions. Its attractive and user-friendly layout complements
the extensive amount of practical and valuable information available.
College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
This website is designed to provide information to College members
about the RCOG, including details of Courses and Events, Examination
regulations and timetables and services. It is also useful for
those who want to find out about current practise and developments
in obstetrics and gynaecology in Britain.
According to its site, 'LIFE is a non-denominational registered
charity whose members are committed to upholding the utmost respect
for human life from fertilisation onwards'. On its site you can
find information about the organisations activities and views.
for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)
SPUC was launched in 1967 to campaign against the Abortion Act.
Subsequently, SPUC has extended its activities to also against
other 'threats to the right to live', including euthanasia and
human embryo experimentation.
Pro-Life Resource List
A U.S. based site which is regularly updated with news and comment
from those opposed to abortion. This site links to national, state-based
and local organisations opposed to abortion, as well as related
Canadian and international groups, and religious organisations.