Safe and legal abortion has been widely available in the United Kingdom since the passage of the 1967 Abortion Act, a piece of legislation that accomplished for British women what Roe v. Wade would accomplish six years later for their sisters in the United States. The 1967 Act made abortion legal through the 24th week of pregnancy, provided that two doctors certified that continuing the pregnancy "would present a risk to the physical or mental health of the woman or her existing children." In cases where a woman's life is threatened by the pregnancy or in cases of fetal malformation, there is no time limit.
You know what the problem with women is? We want to be able to do things like get pregnant and have children on our own terms, seek employment free from workplace discrimination and command a fair wage in return for that employment—you know, we want "special privileges."
Along comes our savior in the form of investment fund manager Godfrey Bloom, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) representing the UK Independent Party (UKIP). Mr. Bloom, in his first days on the EP's Women's Rights Committee, attempted to set his compatriots straight by offering this stunning slice of wisdom:
No self-respecting small businessman with a brain in the right place would ever employ a lady of child-bearing age.
21 years ago The Lancet posed the question, "Where is the ‘M' in ‘MCH'?" Today, we have the answer—we are all too familiar with the challenges we face when we speak of maternal (child) health. We have put into place a powerful global initiative—the fifth of the Millennium Development Goals—that weaves together a set of solutions to combat maternal mortality rates. Maternal mortality is not the only focus of the fifth MDG—a goal that is more widely set on improving maternal health, such as reducing non-fatal childbirth and pregnancy injuries—but it is a pressing concern. And it is the focus of The Lancet's Maternal Mortality Series—a collection of five articles devoted to maternal survival around the world.