Clare Murphy
Clare Murphy is Director of External Affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, having joined the charity in 2010. bpas is a not-for-profit reproductive healthcare service, providing counselling and abortion care for women with unplanned pregnancies, contraception, sterilisation and STI testing. We also work to better inform public discussion of fertility-related issues. Before joining Bpas she worked for the BBC as a health journalist.

Entries by Clare Murphy

Protecting Pregnancies With a Slice of Bread - Why We Should Back Flour Fortification

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 6:24 AM

There are many circumstances that affect whether a woman decides to end a pregnancy which we simply can't change.

We can't conjure up the financial security she wants before she brings a child into the world, however important the campaign for secure maternity benefits and high quality, affordable childcare....

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Discrimination Against Women Is Not Tackled by Curbing Their Reproductive Rights

(9) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 6:00 PM

The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) provides a third of all abortions in the UK - and it simply isn't our experience that women from any community are coming into our clinics, anywhere in the UK, seeking to abort girls. This corresponds entirely with statistical analysis by the...

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'Tis the Season to be Finger Wagging at Women

(4) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 6:00 PM

'Tis the season to be finger wagging at women about the perils of parties and promiscuity. While it's true that the first couple of months of the new year are a busy time for bpas, this more to do with the fact that fewer appointments are made over Christmas and...

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Science, Money and Women's Reproductive Choices

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2012 | 7:00 PM

A recent report on breastfeeding suggested the NHS could save millions of pounds by encouraging more women to feed their babies naturally. An eye-watering array of figures arranged over more than 100 pages showed the cost-savings that would be made by reduced incidences of hospital admissions for both...

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Wasting Time on the Time Limit: The Real Issues in Women's Reproductive Healthcare

(7) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 7:00 PM

The Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has requested a parliamentary debate on a reduction in the time-limit from 24 to 20 weeks. As was widely reported after the women's minister Maria Miller expressed her support for such a reduction, there have been no medical or scientific advances in this area since...

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What Do You Call a Woman Who's Had an Abortion? Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend

(56) Comments | Posted October 14, 2012 | 7:00 PM


BPAS is launching the first ever nationwide campaign in support of women's choice. Recent comments by cabinet ministers combined with an upsurge in anti-abortion activity outside clinics show we cannot take for granted that the women we know will always have access to the...

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Why the Women's Minister Shouldn't Deny Women Later Abortion

(56) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 7:00 PM

The women's minister, Maria Miller, has said she would back a reduction in the abortion time limit from 24 weeks to 20 weeks. She says the time limit should come down "to reflect the way medical science has moved on" in the care of very premature babies, and that she...

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